6 Things That People Find Unattractive

Have you ever tried to make yourself more attractive? Perhaps you’ve dabbled in make-up or showered in cologne. Physically, attraction remains a powerful law of the animal kingdom with the peacock that flaunts its feathers and the frog that croaks the loudest. But in the complex world of human interaction, some qualities can actually be immediate turn-offs. And so, here are 6 things that people find unattractive.

1. Lack of Humor

Many studies of laughter indicate that it is a social phenomenon that can promote acceptance and loyalty within a group – even when the joke isn’t all that funny. Humor can create bonds. In fact, a 2015 University of Kansas study found that the more times a man tries to be funny, and the more times a woman laughs at his jokes, the more interested they are in each other. Conversely, when you wear a stiff stone-face no matter the joke, it suggests that you don’t approve of the jokester. Not laughing can be a social cue that tells others to leave you alone. 

2. Closed Body Language

Couple sitting on sofa with arms folded, looking angry

Do you hunch? Cross your arms often? Closed-off body language can make you seem distanced and emotionally unavailable – two qualities that aren’t so attractive in a potential mate or date. While you might cross your arms to keep yourself warm, your date might perceive your body language as defensiveness or even a sign that you disagree with them. 

3. Negativity

Pessimism is contagious and not very attractive. If you walk into a room with your head held low and your words all jumbled, your insecurity can actually spread and make others also feel uncomfortable. Negativity, whether about yourself or others, can often be an ugly quality. We prefer positivity, just how we appreciate people with self-confidence. 

4. Sleep Deprivation

Stayed up to finish a paper? A deadline? Maybe don’t stay up too late before that night out because according to some findings, you look less attractive when you don’t sleep. A 2013 Swedish study found that the red eyes, hanging eyelids, and dark circles can make you seem sad and stressed. Sleep-deprived participants were generally rated less healthy and less attractive, so try and get the full 9 hours before that date! 

5. Narcissism

Narcissism is when you have an inflated sense of self-importance. If you flex your accomplishments instead of asking your date about herself, you can come off as arrogant or even rude. Relationships are made with two people, not one. 

6. Strange Body Smells

We all have BO, but not all body odors are necessarily a bad thing. Some body odors can be naturally attractive because someone’s body smell can indicate their genetic compatibility with you. Our sense of smell is powerful – aphrodisiac scents like lavender, vanilla, peppermint, and ginger can increase desire and performance. If you don’t smell good, you can be unattractive – even if you’re hot. 

So, what about you? Do you do any of these things? Comment below!

References

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01048/full

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3738045/

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