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Intelligence vs. Appearance

January 01, 2008 @ 12:57 By: gordon Category: Statistics, Wii

In a previous entry, I talked about the Everybody Votes Channel on the Nintendo Wii. I checked mine recently and noticed that more results had been posted. One that caught my eye was this one:

Question: Would you rather be…

  20 IQ points smarter 20 lbs. lighter
Canada 68.7% 31.3%
Male 73.2% 26.8%
Female 57.4% 42.6%

National Prediction Accuracy: 54.2% (how many people guessed which would be more popular)

It’s interesting that of those who responded to the question, almost 50% more females than males said they want to be 20 pounds lighter than 20 IQ points smarter. Is appearance really that much more important than intelligence?

2 Responses to “Intelligence vs. Appearance”


  1. Squid says:

    Every time you see yet-another-tartlet on TV, you can think of this post and remind yourself that western culture selects women based on looks, not smarts. Big tits and a pretty face will get her farther, faster and easier than a big ass and a pretty brain.

  2. Sarah says:

    Or, is this saying that women are typically smarter, and therefore are more confident in their IQ? That said, I personally am fairly intelligent, but who couldn’t use an extra 20 IQ points (plus I’m thin). 😉

    Actually, looks AND intelligence will get you ahead. Looks without anything behind them may get you a job at Hooters, but it won’t make you a CEO.



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