Experts believe the same theory could hold true for people.Dr Paul Rainey, a lecturer in biology at Oxford University, said: 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
But if you’re willing to be less cynical for a moment, I’d like to give you another explanation, which is… Yes, I know that may sound like a fairyland answer, but it’s often the truth.
Haven’t you ever met a girl you thought was the hottest thing in the world, then once you got to know her… And after you know how lame she is, you may still think she’s hot, but you’re just not really to her.
But Dr Brooks' research now suggests animals do not have one ideal of attractiveness.
He said: 'People say, "I don't like what my mate down the pub likes".
According to a new study, women are a lot happier when their boy toy is uglier than they are, which explains so, For the study, researchers at Florida State University evaluated the relationships of 113 newlywed 20-something couples in order to understand if respective attractiveness plays a role in overall happiness, and considering the fact that previous research suggests a combination of a hot wife and an ugly husband make for a great marriage, this is pretty valid.
Sure, following a healthy diet for the sake of health and wellness is great, but crash diets and eating dry salad until you're a dizzy mess? This means that those who had not-so-hot husbands didn’t feel the need to diet all the time and (probably) incessantly compete with other women, which makes for one happy woman.
“The research suggests there might be social factors playing a role in women’s disordered eating.”Well, I suppose that's the logical answer to why hot women date ugly dudes.
A: Sure, when you see a smoke show with an average (at best) older man, there’s always the possibility the woman is digging for gold, has horrible self esteem, or possesses the personality of a door knob.
'If everyone is going after the most common characteristics, then someone who targets the rare ones, would have an advantage.' Dr Brooks, based at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, said the phenomenon could be related to special proteins called MHC molecules, which are part of the immune system.
The more diverse a selection of MHCs you inherit from your parents, the better equipped you are to fight off disease. Not only can women detect that difference, but they also tend to prefer the smell of men whose MHCs complement their own.
Lead researcher Dr Rob Brooks said: 'Ugly individuals can sometimes do better than good-looking ones.' His conclusion is based on animal studies.