The Curse of Being Cute

OkCupid's new study suggests being considered cute can actually hurt your chances with guys.
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The Curse of Being Cute

OkCupid’s new study suggests being considered cute can actually hurt your chances with guys.

-Faye Brennan

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To us, “cute” is a good thing. We say without thinking, “That purse is cute. That sweater is cute. That guy is so cute.” But, according to new research conducted by the online dating site, OKCupid, if we’re cute, we’ve got a problem.

According to their new study, women who are considered cute by the majority of men receive less messages than those who are considered hot by some guys and not by others. In other words, “The more men disagree about a woman’s looks, the more they like her.”

How OKCupid came to this conclusion involves a lot of crunching numbers and in depth analysis (seriously), so we’ll just sum it up. Basically, they compared women on OKCupid who had the same attractiveness rating (a system of 1-5 stars) with the number of messages they received from guys. They noticed a difference between women who were mostly given a rating of 4 (not perfect, but definitely attractive, aka “cute”), and women whose rankings were at the two extremes: either they got a lot of 1’s for being “ugly” and 5’s for being “hot.”

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Strangely, the women whose rankings were all over the place—where the majority of guys couldn’t decide if they were hot or not—they were the ones who got the most messages. The girls who everyone considered cute? They got the shaft. Say whaaat?

And, why?

OkCupid offers this possible explanation:

“Someone conventionally cute, but not totally hot, might appear to be more in-demand than she actually is. To the typical man considering her, she’s obviously attractive enough to create the impression that other guys are into her, too.”

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