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EFFECTS OF TATTOOS At some point, college students think about their future desires and goals. The final goal of college students would include having a good future career and job after graduation. However, there may be some fundamental perceptions and considerations at the back of their minds. Particularly, if a college student wears a tattoo there might be some additional precautions with their dressing manner for an interview or in a work environment. As tattooing is more popular, their popularity in the workplace may be unpopular. The topic of tattoos has been a contentious topic in the present society and culture. Research has confirmed that tattoos are not associated with attractiveness. This study expanded prior research by examining perceived intelligence and gender. College students randomly viewed either a picture of a non-tattooed/ tattooed male or female. They later rated their alleged intelligence and attractiveness. The results revealed that tattoos do not define perceived intelligence or attractiveness; however, females have a higher score than males on intelligence and attractiveness. Results show that stigma can be stopped on people with tattoos. As a result, job opportunities can be created for the tattooed individuals. This study demonstrates that intelligence and attractiveness is not determined by tattoos. Impacts of Tattoos on Impressions of Intelligence and Attractiveness People use tattoos to represent who or what they stand for or as body art. Therefore, tattoos are a form of self-expression. Thus, they may indicate something about a person’s character. Scholars have widely investigated this topic. For example, scholars like (Galbarczyk and Ziomkiewicz, 2017) researched how female and male participants rated images of tattooed men. They established that females did not consider tattooed men as less or more attractive, but believed they would be poor future partners. On the other hand, men rated the tattooed women as more beautiful and attractive. Gueguen (2013) investigated how men perceived tattooed women. 2
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EFFECTS OF TATTOOS He conducted this research on a beach, whereby females had either a lower back tattoo or none. He also discovered more men were attracted to the tattooed women. Swami et al. (2015) examined how tattooed persons rated themselves on their rebelliousness and aggression. They established that tattooed people perceived themselves as rebellious, aggressive, and angrier, aggressive compared to their counterparts. (Galbarczyk and Ziomkiewics did not find the tattoo effects on female attractiveness since they only viewed one particular kind of tattoo and only rated the men's perception of women. Also, none compared the attraction of both genders that had tattoos. Additionally, the previous research has looked at attractiveness, aggressiveness, and rebelliousness, but has not examined the alleged intelligence of a tattooed person. The present study examined the perceived intelligence and attractiveness of both genders with tattoos.
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