On Friday night I watched a report by ABC TV's John Stossel (in the normal 20/20 time slot) that dealt with how humans are influenced by looks. It was a re-broadcast, and even though this was the second time I've seen it it was still fascinating.
To demonstrate whether we are influenced by appearance, several scenarios were set up, involving people considered attractive and those considered more 'plain'. The results were as follows:
Job interviews - the good looking applicants, male and female, were consistently offered the job, and they were generally treated better during the interview, even by interviewers of the same sex.
Getting help - an attractive and plain-looking woman were each pretending to be stranded at the side of a road with car trouble. Men stopped to help the attractive one much more often.
Teaching - to show that these attitudes start very early in life, two teachers, again one attractive and the other not so much so, were set up to teach the same class of youngsters at different times. The children overwhelmingly chose the prettier teacher as being the "better" teacher. Some even said it was because she was pretty that she could teach better.
Courtroom - two mock trials were set up using the same evidence with two different juries. The better looking guy was acquitted, the not-so-handsome guy was convicted. Obviously, this was the scariest of all the possible implications. One juror even said about the handsome guy: "he didn't look like a criminal".
At the end of the show, several men of varying height were asked to stand in a "line-up" to be picked as a possible date by several women. The women all chose the taller guys as more desirable, even though the 'resume' that was given to each guy favored the shorter guys by far (one guy was billed as a multi-millionaire). One woman even said that the only way she'd date the short guys was if the other guiys were "murderers". (Makes me glad I'm 5'11"....average height for guys is 5'9" by the way).
I'd like to get your comment on this, whether you've seen the show or not. Are you influenced by looks? Of course, we all know that as far as dating in concerned, we all want people who we find attractive. But what about other areas of life? And ladies, do short guys really stand no chance? Thanks.