August 11, 2004

Is my name hot or not?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 11, 2004 2:45 PM

Hey, I've got at least one thing going for me:

Pleasing names make faces sexier
Linguist Amy Perfors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, US, placed photos with fake names on a website called “Hot or Not”, which allows viewers to rank strangers’ photos for attractiveness.

She found that men labelled with names including “front vowels,” such as the “aaa” sound in Matt were rated as more attractive by website viewers than photos labelled with “back vowel” names, such as the “aw” sound in Paul. The opposite was true for women’s names.

(Via Maaatt Yglesias)

I'd forgotten about Hot or Not. On the timescale of internet memes, that was eons ago...

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