A poll of 2,000 people currently in relationships also pinpointed the exact age at which we’re most likely to punch above our weight – 26 years old for women, and 28 for men.
The study was commissioned to mark Comedy Central’s new comedy gameshow ’Your Face or Mine’ which continues tonight (Weds 31st) at 8pm.
However, women are less modest, with eight out of 10 believing they’re the more attractive part of their pairing.
A quarter of male respondents have also been told in no uncertain terms by friends, work colleagues and even their own parents that their partner is the winner in the looks department.
Every so often, a news story comes along that’s so utterly ludicrous you’re not sure whether to laugh, emigrate to a land without Wi-Fi or take some hallucinogenic substances in the vain hope the whole thing might make more sense. However, since I’m bereft of any magic mushrooms and can’t be bothered to hunt for my passport, I’ve chosen instead to tell Indy Voices about it so you can join me in a mutual state of bewilderment.
It transpires that there exists in Britain, in 2014, a “Punching Above Your Weight” competition.
It also emerged one in seven have stayed with someone longer than they really wanted to because they were good-looking; for shallow men this rises to nearly one in five.
It might only be a mind-bogglingly silly portion of real-life-current-affairs fluff, but it’s still an indicator of a country where we’re intent on judging and rewarding using aesthetic measures - and that is the ugliest thing of all.
Men are much more likely to leave their mates dumbstruck by pulling someone far out of their league, and their mates are quick to let them know it.
Michelle believes, unlike most women, that she’s the one punching above her weight in the looks department. Everyone comments on how he looks like Olly Murs.“We got talking when I brought a birthday cake into the kitchen that I had made for my mum’s 60th birthday.“I didn’t think he would look twice at me, but he told someone how nice he thought I was.
“After that we got chatting at the Christmas party, he asked me out on a date and 18 months later we are still together.“I have always been conscious of my looks as in my mid 20s I had braces fitted to my teeth and underwent extensive jaw surgery.“Before this I had little confidence in my looks.