Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ugly AND Bad...

Wow, forget about racial and religious prejudice... apparently the worst thing you can be in this United States of America is UGLY. Past studies have shown that unattractive people are less likely to be hired, and more likely to earn less money than their more attractive counterparts....and now, a new study shows a definitive correlation between ugly people and crime.

"We find that unattractive individuals commit more crime in comparison to average-looking ones, and very attractive individuals commit less crime in comparison to those who are average-looking," claim Naci Mocan of the University of Colorado and Erdal Tekin of Georgia State University.

Mocan and Tekin analyzed data from a federally sponsored survey of 15,000 high-schoolers who were interviewed in 1994 and again in 1996 and 2002.

These economists found that the long-term consequences of being young and ugly were small but consistent. Cute guys were uniformly less likely than averages would indicate to have committed seven crimes including burglary and selling drugs, while the unhandsome were consistently more likely to have broken the law.

Very attractive high school girls were less likely to commit six of the seven crimes, while those rated unattractive were more likely to have done six of seven, controlling for personal and family characteristics known to be associated with criminal behavior." (source)

What is the moral of this story? The purpose of the study in the first place? I have no idea... the only thing I can think of is ugly people shouldn't procreate?

If you could care less about the link between inherent ugliness and crime commission, feel free to play "Name The Celebrity Mug Shot"...

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