Thursday, January 13, 2022

It's official! Masks make you more attractive

You may not particularly enjoy wearing masks, but take some solace in research that shows that face masks make people more attractive.

It's true! Researchers at Cardiff University followed up recently on a previous (pre-pandemic) study which found that medical face masks made people less attractive, presumably because of the association with illness or disease. After a year or two of pandemic, however, both men and women find members of the opposite sex MORE attractive if they are wearing masks. This is partly, it's thought, because masks tend to direct attention to the eyes, but presumably partly because of the association with common sense and social responsibility.

Interestingly, any mask at all helps to make a person more attractive, but the most attractive? Those cheap blue disposable surgical masks. Maybe we've all watched too many hospital dramas on Netflix.

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