It's Official: Ugly People More Likely To Wear Masks - University Study

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Feb 04, 2023 - 10:30 PM

Aggravated by the holdouts who keep wearing face masks despite mounting evidence that they're essentially useless against Covid-19? Maybe you should be a little grateful

According to findings published at Frontiers in Psychology, people who consider themselves less attractive are more likely to continue wearing face masks. 

"Our findings suggest that mask-wearing can shift from being a self-protection measure during the COVID-19 pandemic to a self-presentation tactic in the post-pandemic era."

The findings spring from a trio of studies using American subjects, conducted by researchers at Korea's Seoul National University. The studies found that people with high self-perceived attractiveness are less willing to wear a mask, and vice versa.

A February 2022 protest against Connecticut's school mask mandate (Tyler Russell/Connecticut Public

They also found that each groups' respective anti- and pro-mask inclinations are intensified in situations where their attractiveness is important -- such as a job interview, versus simply walking a dog. That is, someone who considers themselves relatively unattractive is more likely to mask up at the interview.  

Earlier studies found that unattractive people are indeed considered more attractive when wearing masks, while the good-looking crowd is perceived as less attractive, the researchers noted

Koreans have coined a slang term for less-attractive people who wear a mask to benefit from letting others give them the benefit of the doubt about what's under it: "ma-gi-kkun." In the United States, the term "mask-fishing" was popularized on TikTok, and has some traction in the school-age cohort. As the New York Times noted last year, masks "obscured all kinds of transformations teenagers may feel inclined to hide: braces, pimples, acne scars, the first growths of facial hair."

Parent Dana Alequin speaks out against mask mandates at a school board meeting in Wayne Township, New Jersey (CBS This Morning)

Meanwhile, the medical case for mask-wearing -- which was rightfully doubted even in the early months -- now lies in complete shambles. Most recently, a study-of-studies published in the peer-reviewed Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concluded that, in the words of one author, "wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference to the outcome."

Apparently, the only outcomes masks affect are the ones related to how others perceive us. While the latest research focused on attractiveness, in 2023, masks are increasingly sending signals about the wearers' psychological health and intelligence.