Quiz: Are You Hot or Not?

Quiz: Are You Hot or Not?

A NEW STUDY FOUND THAT MEN TYPICALLY OVERRATE THEIR SEX APPEAL WHILE WOMEN UNDERESTIMATE THEIRS. TIME FOR A REALITY CHECK(LIST).

The Checklist (Column A: Check off any characteristic that relates to you in a general sense, e.g., you may not drive a hybrid car, but if you’re eco-conscious enough to use compact fluorescents and recycle, give yourself a check. Column B: Check off any characteristic that is usually descriptive of you, e.g., if you had only one late car payment, leave that box blank.)

FOR MEN ONLY  FOR WOMEN ONLY

ARE YOU A BABE magnet or a romance repellant? University of Texas at Austin researchers asked men and women to rate their own attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 7. Then after a series of brief meetings with members of the opposite sex, subjects were asked to rate how attractive these people were and how sexually interested each subject thought them to be. The findings: Guys rated themselves as a lot more attractive than the women they met did. Women consistently underrated their appeal. Interestingly, the hotter the woman was rated, the better a man thought his chances were with her. Men reporting high interest in casual hookups also expressed confidence that ladies liked ’em. “Our study doesn’t address [this] directly, but if  his thinking he’s a stud causes him to approach more women . . . he will probably be more successful!” notes author Carin Perilloux. Threes and fours of the world, take note: Confidence counts in the numbers game that is modern dating.

The verdict Fewer than 3 in column A or more than 10 in column B If you were any colder, you’d be a cadaver 4 to 6 in column A or 8 to 10 in column B Turn up the heat; your sizzle has fizzled 7 to 11 in column A or 5 to 7 in column B Pretty darn hot 12 or more in column A or fewer than 5 in column B Smokin’!

Column A

Designer suit

Self-confident

Morning sex

Stretch denim

Six-pack

Hybrid car

Flashy white teeth

Brazilian wax

Pays Mom a visit

Late-model car

Low body fat

Kitten heel

Hint of cologne/perfume

Natural hair

Smoky eye

Facial hair

Trendy tat

Animal lover

Growing a business

Prada bag

Buys expensive wine

Pajama top

“I’m driving you to a weekend getaway.”

Invested in property

Sexual tension

Mentors a teen

Arrives on time

Collecting tithes at Sunday service

Droppin’ it on the dance floor

Left the baggage at home

Veggies, yogurt and flax

Dozens of stamps on the passport

Oversized designer watch

Runs 5 miles every morning

Makes direct eye contact

Column B

Paternity suit

Self-medicated

Morning breath

Stretch marks

Six kids

High in the car

Ashy white feet

Ear wax

Pays Mom rent

Late car payments

Low self-esteem

Camel toe

Hint of desperation

Nostril hair

Smoky car

Facial tics

Prison tat

Animal hoarder

Growing a beer gut

Saddle bag

Whines that it’s expensive

Muffin top

“I’m driving the getaway car this weekend.”

Infested property

Menstrual tension

Dresses like a teen

Comes early

Collecting trash during community service

Passing out on the restroom floor

Left the wallet at home

Laxatives, antacids and fatty snacks

Dozens of notches on the bedpost

Ankle bracelet monitor

Has the runs every morning

Wears colored contacts

Read more in the May 2012 issue of EBONY Magazine.