People Who Were Pretty in High School Make More Money Because Life Isn’t Fair

There goes what your mother has been telling you.

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A new research paper confirms that everything that your mother told you growing up is a lie because the pretty people always win.

According to the report, with the womp-womp inducing title In School, Good Looks Hurt (But They Mostly Help), attractive high school kids end up earning more money than the normals. Women with above average looks reportedly made 8% more while below-average looking women had a 4% penalization. While an attractive man earned just 4% more, men who fell below average on the looks scale were docked 13%. The study suggests a possible cause for the wage disparity could be the fact that people rated pretty people as having more intelligence, better personalities, and a higher potential for success … and if you build it, they will come.

As much as you might want this research paper’s findings to pump your gas one day, a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research called “Popularity” implies that people’s high school social status also has a “sizable effect” on adult earnings.

So… was Revenge of the Nerds a lie?

6 comments
Loan-A-Brain
Loan-A-Brain

thats bullhustle; perhaps in America but truly doubt it; meritocracy rules; most high powered people/women are not good looking but they are some. I mean those people do what they have to do to achieve their status... look at what happened at Sarah Palin, I mean come on now! Remember these studies have also one that is countering it. 

LanceDesker
LanceDesker

Not quite true - I know many people who left the town where they grew up and attended high school and went to college, had distinguished careers and then came home to find the popular clique either pregnant, on welfare, or both. That's the point of going away for college. You leave the baggage behind, and are judged by what you know, and not how pretty you are!

PeterJamesHerz
PeterJamesHerz

Mark Zuckerberg was the epitome of unpopularity or mediocre looks and did just fine, Mom.