Appearances may deceive but whatsoever; it’s the first impression that really counts. Studies now prove that the impact made by appearances is more effective even when compared to face to face interaction. Even though it has been repeatedly told not to judge a book by its cover but in reality it’s the cover that frames our mind regarding anything.
Zayas, an expert in the cognitive and effective processes that regulate close relationships has deduced that our feelings are interrelated to one’s facial appearance to the extent on even how we think about who they are. A study was conducted in which a few people evaluated a number of women based on their photographs. After a few months, without adding to their knowledge, they were asked to meet and interact and get to know each other. Interestingly, face to face interaction was not able to change the mere judgments that were made by just viewing the photographs.
The evaluations regarding the likability, emotional stability, open-mindedness and conscientious personality did not alter even after they met. The evaluations were carried along. People who liked the photos had a warm and friendly interaction when they were asked to meet. Zayas said, the attractive impression of a person makes us assume about their marriage being stable, and they being socially competent, which are all positive aspects.
The study also showed that the reviewers barely had their views changed as they analyzed the photographs post the meeting.