NCBI ROFL: Beauty week: Blond, busty, skinny waitresses get bigger tips.

By ncbi rofl | August 2, 2010 7:00 pm

4049030652_3f735fd494_oDeterminants and consequences of female attractiveness and sexiness: realistic tests with restaurant waitresses.

“Waitresses completed an on-line survey about their physical characteristics, self-perceived attractiveness and sexiness, and average tips. The waitresses’ self-rated physical attractiveness increased with their breast sizes and decreased with their ages, waist-to-hip ratios, and body sizes. Similar effects were observed on self-rated sexiness, with the exception of age, which varied with self-rated sexiness in a negative, quadratic relationship rather than a linear one. Moreover, the waitresses’ tips varied with age in a negative, quadratic relationship, increased with breast size, increased with having blond hair, and decreased with body size. These findings, which are discussed from an evolutionary perspective, make several contributions to the literature on female physical attractiveness. First, they replicate some previous findings regarding the determinants of female physical attractiveness using a larger, more diverse, and more ecologically valid set of stimuli than has been studied before. Second, they provide needed evidence that some of those determinants of female beauty affect interpersonal behaviors as well as attractiveness ratings. Finally, they indicate that some determinants of female physical attractiveness do not have the same effects on overt interpersonal behavior (such as tipping) that they have on attractiveness ratings. This latter contribution highlights the need for more ecologically valid tests of evolutionary theories about the determinants and consequences of female beauty.”

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  • http://Untitledvanityproject.blogspot.com Rhacodactylus

    Sad, but not exactly groundbreaking. The way to get the biggest tip from me is to never let me reach for my beer and find it empty, I could care less who brought it to me.

  • http://www.cephalove.blogspot.com Michael Lisieski

    This is sort of depressing, given how easy it is to feel like we’re beyond treating people differently based on their appearances.

  • http://andeatingit2.com Joanna Cake

    I cant help wondering if the money would not have been better spent investigating whether such a decision is gender specific. So, do women naturally tip blonde, busty, skinny waitresses more? Do men give a bigger tip to a good looking guy with a great physique? Or whether bombarding the brains of those served with images of normal people prior to the experiment had any effect?

    We are being brainwashed continually by the media on what constitutes ‘normal’ to the point that we are willing to mutilate our own bodies to be accepted.

    http://andeatingit2.com/2010/08/03/vaginal-cosmetic-surgery/

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