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People Can Apparently Tell If You’re Rich Or Not Just By Looking At Your Face
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Dec 2019
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There’s now an additional benefit to smiling more, as a study led by R. Thora Bjornsdottir, researcher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, suggests people can identify wealth by looking at the mouth.
The 2017 research was composed of 81 groups of Canadian participants, who were asked to look at photographs of 160 photos of men and women obtained from dating profiles.
The team behind the study removed the photos’ backgrounds and zoomed in on the subjects’ faces, all of whom had neutral expressions. The images were also set to black and white lest color affected participants’ perceptions.
Half of the people featured made over $150,000 a year, while the other half made under $35,000. The subjects were all Caucasian, while those guessing were of various ethnicities.
As it turns out, participants were able to distinguish the rich and not-so-rich with 68-percent accuracy.
While the pictures shown featured neutral facial expressions, the researchers did not mention that the subjects’ teeth were exposed.
After several variations of the test, where participants had to determine a person’s wealth just by looking at certain portions of their face, the team found out that people could most accurately distinguish whether someone was rich or not by looking at their mouths—and by a lesser extent, the eyes.
Faces that indicated wealth were, as it seems, those that subtly showed happiness and wellbeing.
However, when shown photos of the same subjects intentionally smiling, those surveyed could no longer tell who was wealthier.
One notable takeaway is that the participants’ perceptions did not change when the photos were shown to them during extended periods of time. This means first impressions are lasting.
So, as Tyra Banks famously said, remember to smize in your photos.
[via Inc., cover image via Shutterstock]
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