While digging through the recesses of my brain, filled under archives perhaps, I found some articles of interest. The first article of note was written by Jonathan Leake in The Sunday Times and is titled, Women are getting more beautiful. This article, as it is aptly named, goes on to describe scientifically why women are getting more beautiful as time progresses:
Scientists have found that evolution is driving women to become ever more beautiful, while men remain as aesthetically unappealing as their caveman ancestors.
The researchers have found beautiful women have more children than their plainer counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female. Those daughters, once adult, also tend to be attractive and so repeat the pattern.
Over generations, the scientists argue, this has led to women becoming steadily more aesthetically pleasing, a “beauty race” that is still on. The findings have emerged from a series of studies of physical attractiveness and its links to reproductive success in humans.
In a study released last week, Markus Jokela, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, found beautiful women had up to 16% more children than their plainer counterparts. He used data gathered in America, in which 1,244 women and 997 men were followed through four decades of life. Their attractiveness was assessed from photographs taken during the study, which also collected data on the number of children they had.
In men, by contrast, good looks appear to count for little, with handsome men being no more successful than others in terms of numbers of children. This means there has been little pressure for men’s appearance to evolve.click here for the full article
Accordingly, one would think that this dramatic evolutionary process would be good for men, or perhaps men would evolve in some way during the period in question. Then again, who really knows...? From a sociological perspective, perhaps this research is propelling the supposed "shidduch crisis" further, as boys currently on the market believe "younger" girls will be more attractive based on the logical conclusion drawn according the research material presented above. Well... probably not… However it is interesting to note that according to an article in The Telegraph by Pat Hagan, titled “Men lose their minds speaking to pretty women,” it would appear that attractive women are not good for mens' brain. Compounded with the first article, that the sheer number of attractive women is only increasing, we have a very interesting, and potentially disastrous situation on our hands:
Researchers who carried out the study, published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, think the reason may be that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.
Women, however, were not affected by chatting to a handsome man.
Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived.
Researchers said it was as if he was so keen to make an impression he 'temporarily absorbed most of his cognitive resources.'click here for the full article
Call me a skeptic, but I think the research might be a tad off. I mean come on, maybe when one begins dating, or if one were an anti-social reclusive researcher who had never spoken to a girl before, sort of like an extreme version of the current day yeshiva guy, there might be some noticeable cognitive decline in the presence of a striking female the very first time the two came into contact, but constantly and forever thereafter? I think not. Consequently, if this research were true, I would imagine there’d be so many more great, or more appropriately coined, hilarious dating stories! Although, I have to say, this has got to be the ultimate dating excuse. If a guy ever says anything wrong on a date, he can plead cognitive deficiency due to preexisting, albeit beautiful, circumstances. ;-) What could go wrong with that? :-)
Now what was I talking about about...? :-/ Oh right.... :-P