The experimenters want to look at the relationship between self-esteem and attractiveness; More importantly, how media's image of what is attractive affects a person's self-esteem and self worth. The experimenters want to conduct a Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) as a pretest to all adult participants. Once the participants finish the pretest, they will be exposed to 50 images of very attractive people for about 20 to 30 seconds long. Once the participants go threw all the images, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) will be given again to see if the scores have changed. The experimenters predict that the pretest and post test will have different scores to show that media's images of attractiveness can have a negative impact on someone's self-esteem and self worth. How quickly of an affect, even for a short amount of time for each picture, does it affect our self-esteem and moods of adults. The second group is a controlled group that will be given the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) both pre-and post test. However, their pictures will be of average looking people with the same amount of time as group one of 50 pictures in 20 to 30 seconds.
The Affects of Attractiveness and Media on Self-Esteem
Being attractive has always played a huge role in mate selection in all animals, especially humans. When it comes to mate selection and attractiveness, power and dominance is a huge part of that selection. However, physical power and dominance is only a small part of a much larger mate selection of humans. Society might play the biggest role in attractiveness (Puts, 2010). In the Victorian era attractiveness was defined as someone who had very pale skin and who was overweight. The reasoning behind these physical traits were status and wealth. In today's society, it is almost the opposite. What is attractive in Western Society is thin/muscular and tan skin because those physical traits means wealth and high status. The idea of attractiveness is always changing according to the society with the physical and mental traits to make a stronger generation of that species (Puts, 2010). Human attractiveness is not all social. There is a clear presents of biological factors as well.
Good Gene Sexual Selection Theory
Some human traits that is considered attractive has been the same through human history. According to the Good Gene Sexual Selection Theory, when women ovulating, they are more likely to pick a man with symmetrical face and body and a masculine features. These features are square jaw, narrow eyes, thick eyebrows, and thin lips (Gangestand, Thornhill & Garver-Apgar, 2005; Garver-Apgar, Simpson & Cousins, 2007). It is not completely sure why humans have been attracted to symmetry body and masculine/feminine, but is believed people with those physical traits have “good genes.” (Puts, 2010; Johnson, Hagel, Franklin, Fink & Grammer, 2001). Over when a women is not ovulating, we will normally pick a male with less masculine features...