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.
However, consciously ranking traits as more or less important may not reflect the way we make our real-life dating and mating decisions.
What leads to romantic attraction: Similarity, reciprocity, security, or beauty?
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The distinction between (Li et al., 2011) can help us understand the importance of a moderate level of physical attractiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(5), 993–1011.
According to Li et al., “a necessity is something that is initially extremely desirable…but as more of it is acquired, it diminishes in value.
Louise told me that looks were not that important to her, but that a good sense of humor was a must.