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.
In detail[edit | edit source]
In common usage, the decile scale is only about superficial appearance, as people care the most about looks in a potential partner at first.
Although simple and easily used, the scale has several weaknesses:
- Different potential mates may rank the same individual quite differently depending on their own preferences ("beauty is in the eye of the beholder"). Despite the undeniable role individual preferences play in gauging attractiveness, people do agree quite heavily about the attractiveness of people in general, 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).
- 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, though much of this may be virtue-signalling due to a stigma against seeming '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.
|7th||High-tier normies||High-tier normies|
|6th||Brad meme||Male normies||Female normies/Beckies|
|4th||Low-tier normies||Low-tier normies||Inceldom spectrum,|
NEET, sexual frustration
|3rd||Incelish||Semicel||Failed normie||Femcelish||Femcel-lites||High-tier femcels|
|2nd||Malecels (male inceldom)||Femcels (female inceldom)|
|1st||Truecels (Omega male)||True-femcels (Omega female)||Hikikomori|
People often disagree on whether someone is a 5 or a 7, but they agree more about who is a truecel. Nonetheless, a 5 will always be in the 5th decile when averaging many ratings.
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. Observable reality shows that it is increasingly uncommon for women to date their looks match or to be the more attractive one in the couple.
See Also[edit | edit source]
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