Thursday 18 January 2018

The key to getting someone out of your league is befriending them first

Leonard and Penny on The Big Bang Theory
Leonard and Penny on The Big Bang Theory
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The friend zone mightn't be such a bad place after all.

A new study shows that those who befriended their love interested first, who they deemed 'out of their league,' had a higher success rate when they became friends first.

Researchers Hunt, Eastwick, and Finke at Northwestern University tried to determined perceived incapability and what spurred it on.

The study led with physical attractiveness, surveying 167 couples both married and in relationships, asking how long they knew their partner before becoming romantically involved while their physical attractiveness was judged by junior researchers.

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Couples who were friends before, tended to be more mismatched in physical attractiveness.

"There may be more to the old saying than was previously thought. Maybe it’s the case that beauty is partially in the eye of the beholder, especially as time passes," Hunt, who was lead researcher, said.

The study also showed no correlation between attractiveness and happiness in the relationship.

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