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Nearsightedness And Psychology

Whenever a person enters a room, wearing glasses, people start formulating superficial judgments like, whether they are very smart, flamboyant or simply fashionable. There are various studies which show that, people often believe that, those wearing glasses are more intelligent and trustworthy. Again, different kinds of glasses give away different kinds of vibes. The glasses which have full-rim, often considered as less attractive and more intelligent in comparison with the ones who are wearing rimless spectacles or no spectacles.  In earlier days, spectacles were only used for reading purposes. Thus, there was a common perception that, people who used to wear spectacles were educated and intelligent. Then again, these bookish people with spectacles are also displaying their disabilities. Thus, they are often targeted by the bullies. But, at modern days putting on glasses have become cool and fashionable. Certain results have derived from studies. Faces with full-rimmed glasses are more distinctive than no glasses A study was conducted, to see if different types of glasses draw more attention to the eyes. In this test, people were shown pictures of faces with full-rimmed, rimless or no glasses. The result of this study showed that, the people with full-rimmed glasses are considered as more distinctive compared to rimless or no spectacles. Thus, faces with full-rimmed glasses draw more attention than faces with rimless glasses or without glasses. Rimless glasses also draw some fair amount of attention, but, they are not as distinctive as full-rimmed glasses. Full-rimmed glasses become a part of face in people’s memory Studies have also showed that, glasses often become a part of internal representation of face’ in the memory of other persons. Thus, people who wear full-rimmed or rimless glasses, they often become a part of the faces in the memory of other people.  The characteristics of people are often judged according to the type of glasses The result of a study showed that, people who wear full-rimmed and rimless glasses are often considered as more intelligent, more competent, more successful and more trustworthy, compared to people the people without glasses. But, faces with no glasses or rimless glasses are considered to be more attractive compared to the full-rimmed glasses. The rimless glasses or no glasses are more likeable compared to the full-rimmed glasses.  It has often seen that, even young children believe that they appear to be smarter with spectacles compared to the ones without spectacles. Even in many of the cartoons, the smarter characters are often shown with glasses.  Some of the studies have even showed a correlation between myopia or near-sightedness and intelligence. Even though it is said that there are some sort of connection between the two, there are still certain debates on this topic. There is an alternative study which shows that, people who are intelligent engage in activities like studying excessively, which leads to myopia. Thus, it is not very clear how intelligence is related to nearsightedness.  Thus, putting on glasses does not only look fashionable, but makes people look smarter or more intelligent. However, the negative effects of glasses like decreased attractiveness and likability disappears with the rimless glasses.