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How To Get Someone Hotter Than You To Date You (According To Science)

24/07/2015 16:02 BST | Updated 24/07/2015 16:59 BST

If you've been ogling your hot co-worker for a while now but haven't made a move, we have news for you.

Don't go in guns blazing just yet.

According to science, if you want to date someone who's super attractive then you need to put some serious graft in first.

And by this we mean make friends with said hot person, get to know them and let your relationship organically bloom into something beautiful.

how to date someone hotter than you

Researchers from the University of Texas and Northwestern University analysed 167 couples to see how long they knew each other before dating, and how long they'd been together for.

The appearance of the participants was then judged by undergraduates.

The study revealed that attractive couples were more likely to begin dating within a month of meeting.

Meanwhile couples who had more varied levels of attractiveness (basically one person was hotter than the other) had an increased likelihood of being friends for a while before getting together.

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"There may be more to the old saying than was previously thought," said lead researcher, Lucy Hunt from the University of Texas. "Maybe it’s the case that beauty is partially in the eye of the beholder, especially as time passes."

If you want to find out more, the study has been published in the journal Psychological Science.

We're just glad the dreaded "friend zone" doesn't exist, after all.

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H/T: Jezebel