Sorry fellas, but if you’re of the super hot variety, it turns out that you’re a jerk. Don’t blame us—we’re just the messengers—science says so.
At least, new research by psychologists at Brunel University in London suggests so, anyway. The team of scientists calculated “traditionally attractive” traits like waist-to-hip ratio and slimness in 125 men and women (these people have obviously not met Ashley Graham), whose hotness was corroborated by a team of “raters”.
The subjects then completed a personality test that aimed to assess their responses to selfishness and inequality. Finally—and here’s the kicker—the scientists had them take part in a money-based experiment designed to test how they feel about sharing wealth with others.
The raters were asked to guess how egalitarian the more attractive ones would be, and as it turned out, they tended to be right: attractive men were not that good at the whole sharing thing. “The results suggest that better-looking men may be biased towards being more selfish and less egalitarian,” as the lead investigator said.
Basically, the more attractive the guy, the less you-know-whats he gives about anyone else.
Attractive women, on the other hand, tended to be just as empathetic and awesome as normies. Nice job ladies!
Why, then, are attractive men more predisposed to that kind of attitude?
The answer to that is science too: men who were fit and attractive were valued more throughout evolution, and therefore had to do less to make their value known. “People who are more attractive have to do less … to make themselves valuable to other people [because] they’re already highly valued by virtue of their high attractiveness,” as Price adds.
Read the full study here.