Skip to main content

The Economics of Pretty -- Writer's Poke #325




Being pretty matters. How much? About $230,000 over the average lifetime.

Yep. Pretty people have it made, economically speaking. Not only do they make more money than those with average looks, but they are able to secure loans easier – looks are more valuable than credit scores. And, for that matter, good looking folks are able to secure richer spouses. Any way you look at it, it pays to be a pretty face.

Researchers indicate that even good-looking NFL quarterbacks make more money than the more homely ones. I’m not sure where Peyton Manning falls in this analysis...

Should it matter? Are we upset with the human bias for good looks? 

Think about your own preferences. Would you rather look at someone pretty, pretty average, or pretty awful? Do you feel better when you are having a conversation with a looker? Have you ever been friends, or not, simply because of the way someone looked?

And what is the connection between looks and intelligence? Is it true that people either get looks or brains, or do the better-lookers, on average, also receive better brains?

Susan Boyle became a worldwide sensation, but her singing talent was only part of it. Her voice couldn’t be denied, no matter what physical package it was housed in. But if she had the body of a diva, would her voice be that much sweeter?

How do you define pretty?

“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.” – Marilyn Monroe

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Summer Day Trip #1: Caledonia, Minnesota

The Wired Rooster Coffee Shoppe -- Caledonia, Minnesota


I've lived in Minnesota for over ten years, sure, but that doesn't mean I've actually seen much of the state. Like most people, I know what I know, and I go where I go. And that's the extent of it. But once I resigned myself to the fact that I wasn't going to make it to Alaska this summer, it occurred to me that I had plenty of sites to explore in the immediate region.

First stop: Caledonia, Minnesota. Where's that? It's a small town in the southeast corner of the state. Before I opened my Rand McNally Road Atlas, I had never heard of it, and before I punched the town name into Trip Advisor, I didn't know if there was anything there worth visiting.

Distance from home: About 75 miles.

Challenge #1: Leaving by 6:30 a.m.

Challenge #2: Taking my dog, Atticus.

Actually, Atticus is a good dog on a road trip, but the forecast indicated that it was going to get into the 90s. I wanted to leave early in the …