While bespectacled hopefuls this Valentine’s Day might think their eyewear puts them at a disadvantage, a survey suggests it might be doing the opposite.
Upon being asked about dating, 64% of participants said they would not mind if their date was wearing spectacles, while 26% even claimed they would find a date in spectacles attractive or sexy, according to a UK survey conducted by the College of Optometrists.
Better yet, while 23% said they would not wear spectacles on a first date, only 1% of participants claimed they would not go on a second date with a spectacles wearer, suggesting that the notion of spectacles being unattractive is a common misconception.
The survey also revealed attitudinal differences to spectacles between genders. Women are not as likely to wear spectacles in their online profile picture (18% versus 8%), and men are more likely to find spectacles wearing more attractive (20% versus 15%).
Clinical advisor to the College of Optometrists, Susan Blakeney, commented: “It’s great to see such a positive attitude towards wearing glasses, something that may have traditionally been viewed as geeky or unattractive. Our survey showed encouraging opinions from both the young and the old.
She continued: “Wearing glasses forms a very important part in optimising vision for a huge proportion of people in the UK, so I’m very pleased to see them viewed in this positive way.”
More information about the survey can be found here.
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