Euclid of Alexandria, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Pythagora of Samos and Isaac Newton, just to name a few great maths scholars, never had much pretty looks compared to Herodotus, Thucydides and Livy who were historians, so we think.This notion is particularly because arts and other disciplines that do not require much mathematics are perceived to be easier and less stressful to the brain.
In a study conducted by Change the Equation, Ogilvy PR to gauge Americans’ attitudes toward their math skills, it was reported that Women are significantly more likely than men to say that they are not good at maths (37% vs. 21%). Could this be the reason why women dress better and are generally happier?
Many people report having troubles when faced with a math problem. A reasonable percentage of people say they have ill feelings of frustration, anxiousness, inadequacy and worry when confronted with mathematical problems. These feelings conclusively support the assertion that people who don’t like maths or study less of maths are better looking than their counterparts who do.
In a follow up investigation by chofam, four researchers approached four different Universities in Nigeria and randomly selected 24 undergraduate students of middle age each to fill a short questionnaire. The students were grouped into two categories, A and B. Category A had 12 neatly dressed and attractive students, 6 males and 6 females while category B was the group who were poorly dressed and not too attractive, also 6 males and 6 females in each sub category. A total of 96 students were interviewed.
At the end of the investigations, It was discovered that over 85% better dressed and attractive females are those in disciplines that require less of mathematics.
Also 73% of the poorly dressed and less attractive females were found to be studying under science and maths related disciplines.
Similar findings for the male category but the difference here was much less. 71 percent of shabbily dressed less attractive males were those studying under Engineering and mathematics related disciplines. Also 69 percent of well dressed and more attractive males were discovered to be studying in arts or disciplines that do not require mathematics.
However when the findings of the investigation were subjected to social discourse, social analysts queried the results. The first point of argument was that, there could have been a gender bias in the collation and sampling process, hence the results must have been flawed, as all the investigators were all males.
Analysts argued that the choice of institutions and Faculty the investigators chose to visit may also have affected the results of the findings.
Another research conducted by Brookings Institution’s Brown Center also supports the above assertion. It proved that students who are good with mathematics are less likely to be happy, and are likely to have low confidence. From the article “In essence, happiness is overrated” says study author Tom Loveless.
However more extensive research needs to be carried out to prove beyond reasonable doubt that people confronted daily with mathematical problems are less happy and hence look less attractive. For me, I have drawn my conclusions, what do you think?