Similarity in the level of attractiveness between partners also seems to be associated with progress in a relationship.
In fact each student was paired randomly with a member of the opposite sex.
It was found that the level of physical attractiveness was the most important factor as to whether or not a woman would be asked out on second date, but that partners who shared a similar level of attractiveness were more likely to still be together six months later.
This study investigated the matching hypothesis of interpersonal attraction to determine its role in choice of marriage partner.
A class of 39 Level I Aberdeen University psychology students aged between 18-25 years, was used to conduct a correlational study using photographs of 20 brides and 20 grooms.
It was concluded that physical attractiveness plays a significant role in choice of marriage partner.
There is evidence to suggest that long term relationships tend to occur between individuals who share a similar level of physical attractiveness.Each member had access to information about a potential partners’ personality and interests in the form of a questionnaire, a photograph and a five minute videotape of an unstructured interview.Dating decisions were therefore not based solely on a person’s physical appearance.It was found that the more similar the level of physical attractiveness, the more likely couples were to begin dating and continue dating later on.Walster et al (1966) used four judges to rate the attractiveness of 752 student participants.Each student was asked to fill in a questionnaire and was told that they would be assigned by computer to a similar partner for the college dance.