The 'ladder theory' states girls rate guys based on how much money and power the have, then comes their looks. Lastly comes other other things that "girls pretend to care about but they don't actually care, like personality and intelligence".
Personally I think this is true to a certain extent. I seem to do it subconsciously. when I first started dating my boyfriend (of 3 years now), I was not interested in him for anything else rather than how attractive and popular he was (and subconsciously what kind of car he was driving-looking back at it!). But eventually I fell in love, for he makes me laugh and indeed, makes me a very happy girl.
Are we really truly all that shallow?
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I don't think that the ladder theory is wrong, but I don't like it lol. It was developed by a sociologist, and he didn't go as in-depth as some psychologists have, and I'm a bit biased towards psychology...
Psychology studies on attraction show that looks and personality are important to men and women, but men care more about looks, and women will trade in on looks for things like status and wealth. That doesn't mean they're the most important factors when it comes to attraction though. The ladder theory seems to assume that people are shallow and out to find someone who they can get something from. According to evolutionary psychology, people aren't looking out for themselves, they're subconsciously thinking about potential offspring. Men like attractive women because it's a sign of health--a healthy woman is less likely to have problems with fertility, and more likely to give birth to healthy children. Women look for men with money and power because they're more likely to be able to provide for and protect their families.0