We wanted to look at how physical attractiveness ratings change and whether evaluating a person’s photo in a lineup helps or hurts the interaction you’re going to have.” The researchers randomly divided participants into three groups.
In the first group, heterosexual undergrads viewed photos of 10 opposite-sex individuals and rated each from 1 to 10 on physical attractiveness.
“One was social attractiveness, which is whether we think we could be friends.
It’s not sexual attractiveness or romance, but likability.
“With Tinder and user-directed online dating services, people try to manage the vast number of profiles by picking the most attractive people,” Hall said.