Men hit on hotties despite their own unattractiveness, study confirms.
“You’re prettier than I am,” Seth Rogen’s character drunkenly slurs to Katherine Heigl at one point in the 2007 movie “Knocked Up.” Now a new study confirms what most of us have known all along: Men, no matter how unattractive, think they’ve got a chance with beautiful women.
在《Knocked Up》的一幕场景中，Seth Rogen扮演的角色醉醺醺的对Katherine Heigl嘟哝：“你比我漂亮！”最新的一项研究证实了人们的一个常识：不管多么差劲的男人都会自认为自己能赢得美女的芳心。
Researchers studied ratings and dating information from 16,550 members during a 10-day period in 2005. All members studied were heterosexual, with 75 percent males and 25 percent female.
Using this data, they determined that the physical attractiveness of a potential mate was more important to men than women. And men were less likely than women to think that their own lack of attractiveness — based both on a self assessment and the ratings of others — should stand in the way of a date with someone “hot.”
Maybe men think women have all read “The Frog Prince” and taken it to heart, allowing us to look past an ugly exterior in the search for inner beauty. Or perhaps it’s that men have internalized the messages in the popular media: movies like “Knocked Up,” where the slacker hero lands a beautiful babe, or TV shows like “According to Jim,” in which a difficult, slobby guy is coupled with a gorgeous wife.
也许男人以为女人都看过《青蛙王子》的故事并铭记在心，于是我们女人可以追寻男人的内在美而忽略男人的丑陋外表。或者，男人内化了大众传媒传递的信息：比如《Knocked Up》这样的电影，一个懒鬼赢得了美女的芳心；比如《According to Jim》这样的电视剧，一个麻烦、糟糕的男人娶到了漂亮的老婆。
The lead author of the study, Leonard Lee, an assistant professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, thinks these far-fetched movie and TV couples might explain why unfortunate-looking men tend to hold out such high hopes. But he wonders whether the unattractive guys eventually learn that their chances are slim regardless of what they see on screen. There’s another important finding in the study, he says: The 10s among us, both male and female, want only to date other 10s.
该研究的主要作者，哥伦比亚大学商学院副教授 Leonard Lee认为，电影、电视剧中那些不般配的夫妻也许能够解释为什么那些貌似倒霉的男人会抱有如此高的期望。但他不知道那些缺乏魅力的男人最终是否会明白，在现实中，他们的机会渺茫。该研究还有一个重要的发现：不管男女，都想要跟别人约会。
There are hints in the HOTorNOT.com data that suggest men do learn to accept their limitations: They apparently hedge their bets by asking for more dates. In fact, the men in the study requested a full 240 percent more dates than the women. Researchers didn’t look at how many of these online come-ons were successful, but the number of dates most men asked for might be a sign that the less attractive among us — even the men — recognize that they may have to settle for dating someone who is closer to them on the “hotness” scale.
“Good looking people are always looking for other good looking people,” says Helen Fisher, a professor at Rutgers University who studies mating behavior and romantic love.
“漂亮的人总是追求漂亮的人”，该研究外的另一位学者、专门研究交配行为和浪漫爱情的罗格斯大学教授 Helen Fisher说。
“And ultimately, men figure their own good looks are not as important as a woman’s,” says Fisher, who wasn’t involved with the study. “They figure they’re selling a whole lot of things that women want that aren’t associated with being attractive.”
Besides, from an evolutionary perspective, men are simply looking for the woman most likely to produce a strong healthy baby — so that means they’re often focused on physical attractiveness.
“Men might as well reach for the stars,” says William Pollack, a Harvard University psychologist and the director of the Center for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital. “Women are the ones who are going to have the baby. They need to be a little more picky.”
“男人也可以伸手去摘星追梦，”哈佛大学心理学家、McLean 医院男性及青年男性中心主任William Pollack 说，“但只有女人能怀孕，所以她们需要多一些挑剔。
In the end, there might be some signs that boorish boys know they’re overreaching — and that may be expressed in the level of their braggadocio.
When a really attractive man is interested in a date, Brody says, he’s quieter and more cautious. “He’ll come back a bunch of times and try to get to know me before asking,” she adds.