The decile scale is a 1 to 10 scale widely used to rank looks. Such scales have been used for at least a century and calling someone a "nine" or "ten" is extremely common lingo. The decile scale was popularized by the shitty film "10" in 1979 and by the rating website "Hot or Not" in the 2000s.
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In common usage, the decile scale is only used to rank by superficial appearance as people care the most about looks in a potential partner at first. Although easy to use, rating only looks has several weaknesses as a general means of raking potential mates:
- People do agree substantially about the looks of others, especially at the extremes of looks (the Cronbach's alpha, a measure of internal reliability, i.e. agreement, for attractiveness ratings is typically high, >0.8). However, especially in the mid-range (deciles 3-7), different raters rank the same individual quite differently depending on their individual preferences ("beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - W. Shakespeare). Nonetheless, a 5 will always be in the 5th decile according to the ratings of many, so many however that the scale is impractical for telling, say, 5 and 6 apart.
- Looks are at most only weakly related to other desirable traits. Indeed, some women may prefer a male partner not be too good-looking because they perceive attractive men to be arrogant, egotistical, unfaithful, or otherwise low quality mates; however, much of this may be virtue signalling due to a stigma against those males being seem as 'shallow'. Women do take the attractiveness of potential male partners into account when estimating these men's likelihood of being unfaithful, but this trait is apparently not related to men's propensity to actually be unfaithful.
- Looks are also only weakly related to sexual success. Even though in one study unattractive people (of either sex) faced a 1.5-3 times higher chance of remaining virgin during early adulthood, all of the 26 very unattractive men in that study did have sex by around age 28. Hence, it is somewhat misleading to categorize a 2 as an incel.
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|7||male High-tier normy||High-tier Becky|
|6||Brad||Male mid-tier normy||Becky||Female mid-tier normy||Betabux|
|4||Melvin||male Low-tier normy||Gertrude||Female Low-tier normy||Inceldom spectrum,|
NEET, sexual frustration
|3||Incelish||Semicel||Failed normie||Femcelish||Femcel-lite||High-tier femcel|
|2||Malecel (male inceldom)||Femcel (foid inceldom)|
|1||Truecel (Omega male)||Truefemcel (Omega female)||Hikikomori|
PSL scale[edit | edit source]
Another scale is the PSL rating scale which goes from 1-8. To find out your position on the PSL scale, deduct 2 points from the rating you recieved on the much more common decile scale. The idea behind it is that a man's position on the PSL scale directly correlates with how women perceive him. In the statistics released by the dating site OkCupid, men received much more harsh ratings (81% percent of them being rated as below average looking) by women than vice versa. Thus a male 7 will not actually be considered on par with female 7 in terms of their SMV, but will instead be perceived as a 5.
References[edit | edit source]
- Marsh SE, Perrin FAC. 1925. An experimental study of the rating scale technique. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, 19(4), 383–399. [Abstract]
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_(film), full film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7x6JchwGHU
- Haydon, A. A., Cheng, M. M., Herring, A. H., McRee, A.-L., & Halpern, C. T. (2013). Prevalence and Predictors of Sexual Inexperience in Adulthood. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43(2), 221–230. doi:10.1007/s10508-013-0164-3