People who consider themselves attractive are less likely to wear masks – study
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According to a study published late January in the journal Frontiers of Psychology, people are less likely to wear masks to prevent COVID-19. if they consider themselves beautiful.
Researchers asked 1,030 participants to self-assess their attractiveness, willingness to wear a mask, and the impact of specific situations –job interview or dog walking – on their willingness to wear a mask.
It was found that the more attractive a person thought they were, the less likely they were to wear a mask because they thought the mask made them ugly. Conversely, the less attractive someone thinks they are, the more likely they are to put on a mask.
The first group is less likely to wear a mask in a job interview than the second. For everyday activities, when people care less about their appearance, respondents have fewer barriers to using a mask. However, those who consider themselves attractive were still more likely to feel the need to make a good impression in this case as well.
“Our results show that wearing a mask can evolve from a self-protection measure during a pandemic COVID-19 in the tactics of self-presentation in the post-pandemic era”, – scientists believe.
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