Average-looking or unattractive men might fantasize that women will come running if they get rejected by a great-looking guy–but a new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests the opposite. (Yes, this is what psychologists are studying.) Researchers at the University of Toronto had 126 single, straight female undergraduates create “dating profiles,” which then would be apparently viewed by an attractive or unattractive man; the women then received, randomly, either an acceptance or a rejection by the man. The women who were rejected were actually less likely to accept a subsequent invitation from an unattractive man. The authors of the study hypothesize that accepting a “low-status” man makes the woman, already feeling vulnerable, feel even worse about herself and her own status.
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