Ever wondered why groups of sorority girls all kind of look similar? Have you ever taken a look around at your friends and realized you probably couldn't differentiate one of you out of a lineup? Whether it's hair color, clothing, socio-economic status, or even something so small as wearing glasses -- it turns out that when it comes to friendship, like attracts like.
A study done by the National Academy of Sciences found that the genetic markers shared by friends are similar to people who share great, great, great grandparents. Nicholas A. Christakis, who co-authored the study, told Washington Post, "Your friends don’t just resemble you superficially, they resemble you genetically.”
So, for ex/ if you're ever confused as to why blonde mega successful rich superstar Taylor Swift hangs out with mostly other blonde, mega successful models, actresses, and singers: it's because well, scientifically, we are drawn to people who are just like us.
Couples end up looking alike too.
Why? According to Bustle:
Ya'll look alike in the first place
You share the same experiences, and thus grow in the same direction
The happier you are, the more alike you look: it's called "unconscious mimicry."
I wonder if this is also why people end up looking like their dogs?
Also, great news (jk) keepin' a butterface (jk) around can actually make you seem more attractive! Dr Nicholas Furl, a psychologist at the Royal University of London who led a study, reported that, "we found that the presence of a 'distractor' face makes differences between attractive people more obvious and that observers start to pull apart these differences, making them even more particular in their judgement.'"
Hopefully you're not that friend.
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