Why Is Appearance Important?

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Appearance is important for attracting a mate, impressing peers and gaining self-confidence. People judge each other, subliminally or purposely, by first sight. A well-groomed individual gives a different first impression than an unkempt one. The same is true for individuals who are naturally attractive versus those who have a homely appearance.

The importance of a person’s appearance dates back to the beginning of time, when finding a proper mate was of the utmost priority. Individuals with a strong physique and healthy features have always attracted those of the opposite sex more than those with undesirable qualities. It helped men and women find a mate with whom to produce strong and healthy offspring. Similarly, when a person is physically strong and feels confident, he or she is more attractive to another person, whether it is for reproduction, friendship or business. Impressing peers creates success. Practicing good hygiene and looking dapper or beautiful makes it more likely for a person to attract positive attention from others. Furthermore, a tidy person who cares about appearance gives other people the impression that he is responsible and capable of surviving and confronting difficult situations in a positive manner. A good appearance leads to good response from others.