Tuesday, May 03, 2005

"parents take better care of pretty children than they do ugly ones."

I'm not making that up. That's an actual line from the article.

NY Times Article:
Ugly Children May Get Parental Short Shrift

Researchers at the University of Alberta carefully observed how parents treated their children during trips to the supermarket. They found that physical attractiveness made a big difference.

The researchers noted if the parents belted their youngsters into the grocery cart seat, how often the parents' attention lapsed and the number of times the children were allowed to engage in potentially dangerous activities like standing up in the shopping cart. They also rated each child's physical attractiveness on a 10-point scale.

It goes on like this.


At 4:09 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

This explains so much...

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

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At 8:38 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

At least as reported by the article, this study is absurd. First of all, what makes a baby attractive? My wife thinks some of the most hideous creatures ever spawned are darling. So the attractiveness is subjective.

The second more important question was mentioned in the article what was their socioeconomic status?
Or could it be that inattentive parents have uglier children and not the other way around? Aren't inattentive parents more likely to have dirty and unkept kids which could make them less attractive?

Fun article, but this just demonstrates another occasion when researchers try to make a name for themselves with sensationalism instead of practicing real science.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger e.gage said...

i was a pretty baby.


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