The next time you’re worried about looking like a 10—and appealing to them—think twice. According to a new study in the Journal of the International Association for Relationship Research, physical attractiveness can lead to a whole host of problems in the romantic realm, including decreased relationship longevity and an increased desire to cheat.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard University, asked two women to look at a high school yearbook and rate the attractiveness of 238 men. They concluded that the men who were deemed the most attractive were (obviously) also considered the most desirable. However, via Ancestry.com, they also found that those guys didn’t have the best relationship track records and were more likely to end up divorced.
From there, the researchers looked at the top 20 actors and actresses on IMDb and the 100 most successful celebrities, according to Forbes. Again, those at the top were more likely to get divorced or have been married for shorter periods of time.
Dr. Christine Ma-Kellams, lead author, says there are a number of reasons why we choose to romantically pursue people we find attractive: “Facial symmetry in men can be a sign of health and virility, and beauty in women a sign they have good hormones for reproduction.”
But despite those solid signs, further findings conclude that the more fortunate faces in the crowd are likely tempted to cheat, too. So if your next relationship fails, rest easy knowing it’s probably because you’re too damn studly… or she’s too damn hot…