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The longer we know each other, the less important physical attractiveness becomes to beginning and maintaining a long-term relationship (Hunt et al., 2015).

The preferred traits of mates in a cross-national study of heterosexual and homosexual men and women: An examination of biological and cultural influences.

Consider the characteristics that are often considered desirable in a mate—a sense of humor, intelligence, kindness, understanding, a family orientation, good looks. Mate preferences in the US and Singapore: A cross-cultural test of the mate preference priority model.

Which would you rank as most important in a romantic partner? Research consistently shows that we rank most or all of these traits as more important than good looks (Apostolou, 2011; Apostolou, 2015; Buss et al., 2001; Perilloux et al., 2011). Personality and Individual Differences, 50(2), 291-294.

In Dion et al.’s (1972) research, both attractive and moderately attractive individuals were viewed more positively than less attractive counterparts. Sex differences in mate preferences revisited: Do people know what they initially desire in a romantic partner? Matching for attractiveness in romantic partners and same-sex friends: A meta-analysis and theoretical critique. A., Wang, R., Bronstad, P., Eisenberg, D., Undurraga, E., Reyes-García, V., & Godoy, R. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43(1), 119–134. Further, attractiveness tends to be a more important factor in our dating decisions than traits like personality, education, and intelligence (Eastwick et al., 2011; Eastwick and Finkel, 2008; Luo and Zhang, 2009; Kurzban and Weeden, 2005; Sprecher, 1989; Thao et al., 2010). (Mis)matching in physical attractiveness and women's resistance to mate guarding. Physical attractiveness may be so important to us because we associate other positive qualities with a pleasing appearance. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 190-195.

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