European researchers have found that the amount of attractive friends displayed on individual Facebook (News - Alert) profiles, is the most influential factor in determining ones level of social attractiveness. Having attractive friends is especially important to women. Although the study was comprised of 78 students who judged which profiles they deemed to be “hot or not,” the findings are not so superficial to social scientists, social media developers, or anybody who is currently job hunting.
Some people may wonder what justifies a study that seems to state the obvious. Science Daily reports that the study was conducted at the University of Twente, and spokespersons of the study explain that, “Social network sites have become essential for managing relationships in today's life; therefore, it is increasingly important for scientists to understand how impressions are formed and connections develop in the virtual world.” However, researchers involved in the study indicate that what makes a person attractive in the virtual world is the same as the real world, and has been the same since the Dawn of Man.
Dutch researcher, Piet Kommers told AFP, “People are attracted by other people who look very healthy, happy and productive in a sexual sense. That is an accepted evolutionary law…The very pure healthiness aspect is still dominant. It is hard to suppress that.” So reproductive instincts supersede other factors when determining which people are worthy of friendships. Therefore, people with physically attractive friends are more socially attractive.
In a blog post by Allfacebook, the conclusion over how to become more attractive on Facebook is, “Make sure that you send a clear message of how you want people to see you. As social media becomes more woven into our daily interactions, people will relate to us more on an online level. It’s important to make sure you always ask yourself: Is what I’m posting consistent with the image I’m trying to create?”
But according to this study, what people who care about their attractiveness on Facebook really need to ask themselves is, “Do I have enough hot friends?”
Edited by Jennifer Russell