In addition to being loud, messy bundles of joy that will occupy at least 18 years of your life, it turns out that kids are also incredibly shallow. Well, your children are cultured, mature, and probably the smartest in their class, of course. But most kids are scientifically proven to be superficial jerks.
Sure, they may seem innocent and trusting, but apparently not when it comes to ugly people, according to a new study. The flip side is also true: kids are more likely to trust those who are ridiculously good-looking. Parents, maybe it's time to start telling your kids, "Never talk to attractive strangers."
Kids are just as shallow as adults
It’s no secret adults prefer beautiful people. It’s why bikini-clad models are used to sell hamburgers, and why Chris Pratt has been in pretty much every movie that’s come out since 2014. Psychologists have long been aware of humankind's infinite capacity for superficiality, calling it the “beauty-is-good” stereotype.
This bias extends to all areas of life; attractive people, the stereotype goes, are probably smart, successful, and kind. It's a bullshit notion, of course, but it’s a character flaw most humans can’t seem to shake. The phenomenon is even present in babies, to give you an idea of how deeply ingrained it is.