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New Study Claims We Can Accurately Guess Someone’s Financial Status in Split Seconds

Talk about judgy.


The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” definitely doesn’t apply here. According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Toronto, we are able to judge a person’s income or financial status with impressive accuracy just from a quick look at their face. And no, we’re not talking about the obvious signs in clothing and general appearance, but the subtle differences that we might not even notice.

Participants in the study were asked to categorize as rich or poor photos of different people. The photos used in the first test were collected from dating sites, while those used in the second test were controlled and captured in a lab and featured expressionless faces.

The individual income of those featured in the photos were documented, too.

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The research participants were accurate 68% percent of the time for the first test and 52% of the time in the second (and more controlled) test – that even though they were all given just a split second to make their choice.

According to University of Toronto Associate Professor of Psychology Nicholas Rule, the results were too highly accurate to be pure chance. He was quoted by Maclean’s as saying:

“Those [differences] are just so extremely subtle in someone’s appearance and the fact that people were picking up on this and extracting that information from the face so readily really did surprise me.”

These results could have implications in employment, law enforcement, and our day-to-day interactions.

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According to Rule:

“You look a certain way, people treat you a certain way—people treat you like you’re poor; it’s a cycle you can’t get out of.”

Because of this human capacity to judge someone’s income, those who are deemed richer because of their appearance get better treatment than those who are deemed poor.

The results of the study also show the stereotype that the rich are happier because of their wealthy lifestyle.

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The study found that the faces people tend to associate with wealth are the ones that show more attractiveness. In all the controlled photos taken in the lab setting, the subjects appeared somewhat glum, but the wealthy ones looked a little less so – and it was all in the mouth.

Rule said:

“The face changes over time. Your mom might’ve always said, ‘If you make a funny face, it’ll stay that way.’ There’s a kernel of truth in that, it turns out. The face has 43 muscles, and they’re no different than the other muscles in your body. The more you work them out, the larger they’ll get. The smiling, happy childhoods of the rich had left imprints on their faces.”

The results can be disconcerting, but they can also be helpful. With this knowledge, you can know how to better conduct yourself in different social settings in order to have things work in your favor.

And don’t forget to smile! It might just get you that job you’ve been eyeing.


5 Secret Facebook Messenger Features That You Are Probably Not Using Yet

Go get your phone and try them!

Facebook has become more than just an ordinary social media site. It helps connect people in a lot of insane ways, one of which is its messaging platform called Messenger. In fact, this functionality is starting to become as popular as Mark Zuckerberg’s app and the billions of users alone is a living proof to that.

But believe it or not, Messenger is not just about, well, being a messaging tool. It is starting to evolve to more than just its base functionality. It is like an all-in-one app, with tons of exciting features to offer.

In a report from FHM, it appears that there are a handful of useful tricks and/or features from the platform. And you will definitely love the sophistication the developers put into each of them. Below are five of these. Check them out!

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Yes, even dogs get the blues!

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Report from Telegraph, a British-owned website, revealed that your dog's dermatological issues can majorly cause of your dog's stress and anxiety which would lead to depression.

Statistics says 75% of dogs diagnosed with dermatological issues suffer from depression or what humans describe it as "having blues".

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10 Mysterious Grave Sites Discovered Through Google’s Satellite Imagery

They are all creepy and fascinating at the same time.

Technological advancement has become a powerful asset to humanity. It helped bring people closer, gave scientists a new way to study the outer space, or made information more accessible than before. These are just few of the many wonders technology has given to human kind.

Google Maps and Google Earth, in particular, are two of the most useful tools we have nowadays. They help in finding locations from far away, even the most hidden ones.

According to Listverse, among the most interesting trends in recent memory is the discovery of tombs and/or cemeteries. And although they may look scary, one cannot help but get fascinated.

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