Hunt and colleagues hypothesized that the length of acquaintance between partners may shift the dynamics of this sexual competition.
Their prior research showed that, as people get to know each other more intimately and across various contexts, their opinions about the other person’s desirability change, making objective physical attractiveness less relevant in determining whether the two individuals become a couple.
This is often researched in the form of physical attraction.
Furthermore, higher levels of attractiveness indicated lower levels of satisfaction with their pairing, even when they were on the same level.
This study investigated the matching hypothesis of interpersonal attraction to determine its role in choice of marriage partner.
► Men with attractive photos wrote texts that were rated as more attractive.
► Perceived confidence seemed to play a mediating role.
There is evidence to suggest that long term relationships tend to occur between individuals who share a similar level of physical attractiveness.