Everyone wants to be attractive. That’s why we pay close attention to the smallest details and spend a lot of time making sure we look spiffy. But, it’s not all about the way we look! The charm and beauty you were born with is not the only factor that determines whether or not people will find you attractive. Something that plays a great role in this is the way you act. There are some small things that perhaps you do everyday, maybe even without noticing, that could be putting people off. Here is a quick list of 10 things that make you less attractive, courtesy of Shared.
1. Lack of sleep
Science has spoken: sleep makes you look better (as if you needed another reason to do it). According to a Swedish study, people who hadn’t slept in 31 hours had “droopy/hanging eyelids, red eyes, dark circles under the eyes, and pale skin.” Which makes them less attractive, less healthy, and less happy than those who’d had a full night’s sleep.
Source: Tylenol Sleep Centre
2. Being stressed out
When they say your feelings show on your face, they aren’t kidding. And when you feel stressed, you look stressed as well. And the chances of men being attracted to women who are stressed are pretty slim, according to a study from 2013. One of the researchers believes that the presence of cortisol (the stress hormone) affects how we judge another person’s fertility and overall health.
3. Smiling too much
Too much of anything is a bad thing. Turns out that goes for smiling as well. Overly proud or too happy faces are less attractive. At least that’s what a study from the University of British Columbia has shown. The study consisted in participants rating the people in a collection of photographs they were shown. For men, women were more attractive when they were smiling, but didn’t look proud. The opposite held true for women: they found the proud men more attractive than the happy ones.
4. Contractive body language
The fact that crossing arms, hanging your head, or hunching your shoulders are turn-offs has been proven by studies from four different U.S. universities. When you are adopting such defensive body language in your Tinder profile photo, for example, people are less likely to swipe right. Instead, they prefer it when the potential candidates for partners are in “expansive positions,” for example, if they’re reaching upwards with their arms, or if they are standing with their shoulders squared.
5. Smelling too similar or too different
A person’s natural scent goes a long way in attracting others. Even longer than you may think. Indeed, according to some studies, what people want in a partner is immune system genes that are neither too similar or too different from their own. And smell is very important in the determining of genetic compatibility and attraction. Researchers who took DNA samples from a group of couples discovered that the MHCs of the ones who were least attracted to each other were either too close or too contrasting with each other.