I’veÂ sometimes wondered if I’mÂ hard to love. Oh, I don’t fret over it for long, and I’ve never really come to a conclusion about it, but sometimes in moments of loneliness or after a relationship ends, I wonder.
And if in fact I am hard to love, it’s because of the man I have become. Perhaps my personality, my attitude, and my many vices and odd peccadillos are enough to turn people away. Perhaps the culmination of those many things is what makes it hard to love me. Me, the grown man version of Sam.
But apparently it is hard to love some babiesÂ forÂ much simpler reasons. According to this article, a new study released by Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and published in the online journal PloS One suggests that uglier babies are harder to love.
In the study,Â men and women were randomly shown pictures of 50 healthy and attractive babies and 30 others with distinct facial irregularities. Each picture remained on the screen for four seconds, but the viewerÂ could shorten that time by clicking one key or prolong it by clicking another.
Turns out, the men in the study were less likely to click off photos of unattractive babies, but clicked quite a bit to hold on to the images of the pretty ones. Women, conversely, left the keyboard alone when they were looking at pretty babies, but hurried away from the less attractive ones.Â
So . . . Do you see any flaws in the study? If so, how would you improve on it? Would you even bother? Is an ugly baby really harder to love? Are you nowÂ trying to recall the nature ofÂ your early relationship with your mother?
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