How people manage to ‘punch above their weight’ in relationships has been revealed by scientists

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Do you often feel less attractive than your other half? Or see a couple in the street and think “how did he manage to put a ring on it?”

We don’t mean to be judgemental, but we instinctively analyse other people’s attractiveness – it’s human nature.

If you’ve ever been accused of ‘punching above your weight’, you might feel insecure about your looks. But worry no more.

Scientists in the USA think they have found the reason behind partners sharing different levels of attractiveness.

The team, made up of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Texas, found that partners who become romantically involved soon after meeting tend to be more similar in physical attractiveness.

In contrast, those who get together after knowing each other for a while have different levels – often seen as one partner ‘punching above their weight’.

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Who knows which one is ‘punching’ in this scenario

Lead researcher Lucy Hunt, from the University of Texas at Austin, said: “Our results indicate that perceptions of beauty in a romantic partner might change with time, as individuals get to know one another better before they start dating.”

As part of the research, the scientists collected data from 167 couples – 67 dating and 100 married – who had been together for as few as three months and as long as 53 years.

The average relationship length was 8 years and 8 months.

A statement by the University of Texas, who published the study last year , revealed: “Partners who began dating within a month of first meeting each other showed a strong correlation for physical attractiveness. But the correlation was much lower for partners who had known each other for a long time before dating.”

So, there you have it. If you want to punch above your weight, find someone more attractive than you and befriend them for a while before making your romantic move.

How people manage to 'punch above their weight' in relationships has been revealed by scientists
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