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The Matching Hypothesis in Reality TV
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by Jodie L. Bouanchaud, Elizabeth Yost Hammer, and Elliott D. Hammer - Loyola University New Orleans (Bouanchaud, Hammer, E. Y.); Xavier University of Louisiana (Hammer, E. D.)
Physical attractiveness is important in choosing a romantic partner. Among other similarities, the matching hypothesis predicts that we will choose partners with similar levels of attractiveness. The present study examines whether the matching hypothesis holds for reality television. Two individuals coded two reality TV shows for physical attractiveness of couples. This archival study provided information about how well a reality television show matched "reality's" method of choosing a partner. No relationship emerged between physical attractiveness and when the individuals were cut from the shows. Significant positive correlations emerged, however, between ratings of how funny, friendly, competitive, affectionate, and arrogant the individuals were, as well as their level of common interest when they were cut from the shows.