10 Things That Make You Less Attractive, According to Science

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Are you accidentally putting people off because of small things you do every day? Studies show that attractiveness doesn't just have to do with the body we were born with, but how we choose to act.

While maturity, emotional stability, respect, and honesty are all qualities people look for in a long-term partner, getting the ball rolling and keeping things moving is a little more tricky. Whether you're looking for tips on how to get a date on Tinder or strike up a conversation with that cute guy on the bus, watch out for these 10 things that make you seem less attractive.  

1. Lack of Sleep

A study in Sweden found that people who hadn't slept in 31 hours were less attractive, less healthy, and less happy than those who'd had at least 8 hours of shut-eye. Participants said the people with less sleep had "droopy/hanging eyelids, red eyes, dark circles under the eyes, and pale skin." As if you needed another reason to sleep more.

2. Being Stressed Out

If you feel stressed, chances are you look like it, and that's not a good thing. A study conducted in 2013 discovered that men were less likely to be attracted to women who were stressed or anxious. It seems the presence of the stress hormone cortisol affects how we judge another person's fertility and overall health, one researcher suggested.

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3. Smiling Too Much

Wipe that smile off your face, because it might be turning people off! According to a study from the University of British Columbia, an overly proud or happy face was deemed less attractive. Participants were given a collection of photographs, and asked to rate the people.

Men rated women more attractive when they smiled, but less attractive when they appeared proud. On the other hand, women said men were more attractive when they looked proud vs. happy.


4. Contractive Body Language

Research shows that crossing arms, hanging your head, or hunching your shoulders can be a huge turn-off. A study by four different U.S. universities showed that people were less likely to go on a date with someone who had off-putting body language in their dating profile photos.

Instead, they were more attracted to photos of potential partners in "expansive positions," such as reaching their arms upward or standing with squared shoulders.

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5. Smelling Too Similar or Too Different

Body odor has a lot to do with attraction, but it's more scientific than you think. Studies have found that people look for partners with immune system genes that are neither too similar or too different from their own.

The way a person smells determines the level of genetic compatibility and attraction. In one study, researchers took a DNA sample from a group of couples. They found that the couples were least attracted to each other had MHCs too close or too contrasting with each other.

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