Predict Adult Divorces With Children Smiling / Frowning
Sep 07, 2009 11:58
Here's one you don't hear everyday. Scientists allege it's possible to predict whose marriages will fail by looking at "smile intensity" in childhood photographs.
Researchers got 650 photographs of adults taken during their final year in school and measured the brightness of their smiles. The men and women were between 21 and 87, meaning some of the photos
were 70 years old. The volunteers were then asked if they had ever been
divorced. Those with the "weakest" smiled were more than three times as
likely to have been through a divorce. A second experiment used
pictures taken when people were as young as five and confirmed the
"Maybe smiling represents a positive disposition towards life," said
study leader Matthew Hertenstein, a psychologist at DePauw University
in Indiana. "Or maybe smiling people attract other happier people, and
the combination may lead to a greater likelihood of a long-lasting
marriage. We don't really know for sure what's causing it."
What do you think? Are relationships determined by the intensity of a smile? Perhaps they're just not happy taking photographs. Could smiles really predict marriage?
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