Taller People Earn More Money. Your Brain Thinks Money Is A Drug. Pretty people make more money; ugly men make the least. Seriously – these are findings of studies about money, not headlines from The Onion. A friend of mine sent out a link to this article on Twitter yesterday, so I knew I had to take a look. With all the real problems in the world, and all the legitimate things that money could be spent on, why are we wasting a single dime paying for a study about ugly people making money? I understand that some of this money comes from private donors or organizations and not taxpayers, but wouldn’t we all be better off if instead they gave that money towards helping to feed a few hungry kids or send a poor teenager to college? Or help a library stay open? Or keep state parks around for another year?
I mean, my life is better for knowing that “attractive people earn more than average looking people in the workplace. Unfortunately, workers who are not at all attractive, earn even less. And ugly men are affected more than ugly women. Men who are uglier than average tend to make nine percent less, while below average looking women make only five percent less.” Isn’t yours?
What do you guys think about these kinds of things? Wasteful? Useful? I would imagine that if all stupid studies were halted today, we could do a lot of good with that money. I mean, we are all going to disagree on what the true definition of “wasting money” is in regards to our spending on social/societal issues. I get that, and that can make for healthy debate. But stuff like this seems like it would be wasteful to just about everyone – from the most conservative fiscal hawk all the way to the most liberal free-spender!
Photo from Shutterstock