Spare a thought for all the poor blokes out there who have to concede they are “punching above their weight”.
At least 33% of men (compared with just 20% of women) say that they are in no doubt about the fact that they’re the least attractive half of their pairing. And even if they weren't of that opinion—their mates are always on hand to point out that they’ve done well for themselves, with at least a quarter of men claiming that their chums have said something to that affect, and 10% saying they’ve received similar comments from passing strangers. Charming!
The survey, commissioned by the channel Comedy Central, suggests that the idea that we’re all looking for someone with similar levels of attractiveness to our own is outdated. Not only are a large portion of Brits, it seems, happy to be the less beautiful one in the relationship, but one in ten of them actually prefer it that way. Two thirds of them say that dating someone rather more gorgeous is a huge self-esteem boost, while a quarter enjoy being able to make others jealous by showing off their arm candy.
It just goes to show that whether you think you’re punching above or below your weight, anything goes!