Why do people (guys especially) feel the need to rate others on their looks?

It especially winds me up when people who aren't all that themselves say someone is like a 4 or a 5, it's unnecessary. I don't get it? Explain.


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Guys are very visually based creatures. We're wired that way. And we're not very good with descriptions. That's generally why a guy can name something like 10 colours, (Black, white, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, grey, orange, purple) whereas a woman can name and distinguish something like 115.

    So we can't say :

    "Look at Kathy over there... here oblong face doesn't quite suit her features, does it? Not with hair like that."

    "Indeed, and the vaguely asymmetrical features are a little off putting"

    "Killer t*ts though."

    No, you're much more likely to hear "See your one over there?"

    "Which one? The 5 or the 8?"

    "The 5"

    "What about her?"

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What Guys Said 7

  • I don't get it either. I don't do it and neither do any of my guy friends. I have a female friend who does... apparently I'm an 8, but I could be a 9 if I tried? whatever... my rating system is yes or no. (would you go out with her?). I think the whole 1-10 rating system is completely subjective anyway, one guy's 10 might be another guy's 7 and yet another guy's 5... bootom line its not important enough to worry about, so don't. :)

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  • why do people (girls especially) ask to be rated?

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  • It's all cultural.

    I wouldn't have started doing that at all before I came to this site.

    I still hate doing so, it's stupid, and I don't give out tens anyway.

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  • i kinda do that too :P I don't know y, I just do it in my mind.

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  • They find it fun I guess. I've never rated anyone and never heard any guys talking about it.

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  • Why do women gossip about everything? Guys rate girls because we like looking at them, and like to find/see attractive ones before the other guys, the whole purpose isn't would we date her, it's just a bit of fun and most guys are discrete about it and have codes, not just yell out 'Shes a 7'

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  • I don't know why so many people do that. I don't think most people do, it is just that you hear the ones doing it, but you can't hear people not rating others. Of the ones that do, I think it has more to do with male bonding, by talking about our shared interests. Most guys do like talking about pretty girls after all.

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What Girls Said 3

  • Human nature I guess.

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  • guys are visual, it's like they can't help it

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  • Some girls/guys couldn't live happily without people's approval.

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