4 Reasons Why Appearance Matters in Relationships

No one wants to be judged solely by the way they look, nor should they. Attractiveness is defined by many things that go beyond the superficial. That being said, there are certain things about appearance that are quite important.

No matter how shallow it sounds, looks do matter, but not in the way you may be thinking. No one is suggesting that you need to be a Size 2 or have biceps like the Hulk. And even if you are nearly the perfect physical specimen, there are a number of less obvious things that can take your attractiveness quotient down several notches.Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships

So why is it that looks matter? There are four primary reasons.

1. $exual Attraction

Being attracted to someone sexually happens for a variety of reasons. It’s not only about the way they look. But there is no getting around the fact that $exual interest starts with finding someone attractive physically. This is only slightly truer for men than for women — women are drawn to attractive men as much as men are drawn to attractive women.Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships Relationships

As mentioned, finding someone physically attractive isn’t the only reason for sexual interest. Most people will (or should) look beyond that when deciding to initiate a sexual relationship. But the initial attraction to another person based on their appearance can’t be denied.

This is true through all stages of a relationship and not just at the beginning. Many people start to become less concerned about their appearance as a relationship matures. While it’s great to feel comfortable around your partner and like you don’t always need to look like you are headed to a black tie event, looking sloppy and letting yourself go isn’t a good idea either. Changes in bodies as they age, or due to pregnancy or illness, happen — there is no avoiding that, and two people in love should be willing to embrace each other’s changes. But that doesn’t mean that taking care of yourself physically and from a grooming stand point can go by the wayside.

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