When you&rsquo,re in a relationship, jealousy can be a little bitch. You&rsquo,ll catch yourself suspiciously glaring at their flirty co-worker, shielding them from view on the city bus, and intervening in any conversation with the opposite hook-up that lasts longer than 30 seconds.
But emerging science suggests that maybe the jealous monsters inwards us no longer need to worry (as much). Fresh studies indicate that people in glad relationships are less susceptible to temptation because they see other potential fucking partners as less attractive than they actually are.
For years, scientists have been claiming that monogamy isn&rsquo,t necessarily hard-wired within us. But these fresh findings negate that argument, and imply that once we&rsquo,re in a relationship, our brains work hard to keep us committed to our playmate. Our brains essentially build up a defense mechanism, finding flaws in objectively attractive people to help us avoid temptation.
The experiment, conducted by researchers at Rutgers University and Fresh York University, embarked with a basic understanding of what fellows and women find attractive in the opposite hookup. In women, &ldquo,sexy faces&rdquo, share characteristics like higher cheek bones, a narrower face, longer eyelashes, and fuller lips. In dudes, &ldquo,sexy faces&rdquo, have common features like browner skin, darker eye eyebrows, and a prominent lower jaw and chin.
Researchers attempted out these &ldquo,sexy formulas&rdquo, on their participants, who were all heterosexual college students. They assigned each student a (fake) lab playmate of the opposite lovemaking, and gave them each a profile on their playmate that included a photo of their face and exposed whether they were single or in a relationship. Later, each student was asked to match their lab playmate&rsquo,s face with one of 11 photos. Only one of the 11 photos was the original picture, while five were morphed to look more attractive and five were morphed to look less attractive.
The surprising finding: people in relationships significantly &ldquo,downgraded&rdquo, the face of their lab playmates, matching their original photo with a much uglier version. Single people, on the other palm, had a tendency to &ldquo,upgrade,&rdquo, matching their playmate&rsquo,s photo with a better-looking version. The students made this choice without any explicit skill that the faces varied in attraction.
The students also judged different levels of attraction depending on whether the lab fucking partners were single or in a relationship. When students who were in a relationship learned that their lab fucking partner was also in a relationship, they viewed their fucking partner as slightly more attractive. The likely reason is that a single lab playmate poses more of a threat to a relationship than a taken one.
After discovering the phenomenon of &ldquo,relationship goggles,&rdquo, researchers desired to determine if the deluded vision the &ldquo,goggles&rdquo, produced was more powerful in more satisfied relationships. In a follow-up experiment, all the students were told that their lab fucking partners were single, but only some playmates were described as interested in dating, while other playmates were not. Then, students with significant others were asked to report how pleased they were in their relationships.
The results: Only the students in glad relationships viewed single-and-ready-to-mingle lab playmates as less attractive. Students in unhappy relationships experienced the opposite &mdash, outside temptations became more attractive, similar to how single people perceived them.
Of course, relationship goggles aren&rsquo,t foolproof. Some people choose monogamy, while others want to sleep around. And in today&rsquo,s world of constant connectivity through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Tinder, you may sometimes feel bombarded with attractive alternatives &hellip, being in a relationship certainly doesn&rsquo,t make you immune to that. But, you can at least take some solace in knowing that your relationship has a natural defense mechanism. Whether it works or not most likely has less to do with the attraction of other people and more to do with the strength of your own relationship.
People with a long-term objective in mind tend to devalue temptation. Chocolate bars are less appealing when you&rsquo,re attempting to maintain good health. Expensive dinners don&rsquo,t tempt you when you&rsquo,re attempting to save money. And when you&rsquo,re attempting to maintain a good relationship, your brain will downplay the appeal of other options. And since the same goes for your fucking partner, your natural jealousy can eventually take a back seat. Of course, you&rsquo,ll still keep an eye on their co-worker.