According to a new study in Psychological Science, it is possible for you to date someone who looks like Channing Tatum even if you're more of a self-professed Liz Lemon type. How? By becoming friends first, Jezebel reports.
The study focused on couples who were dating or married, and had been together from anywhere from three months to 53 years; their individual physical appearance (as assessed by undergrad coders, who obviously know what they're doing in that department); and how well and how long the couple knew each other before coupling up.
What the study found was that people who had started dating within a month of meeting had a more similar level of hotness, while couples who had known each other or just been friends for over a month before they dated tended to be less equally matched in the hotness department.
Their belief was that the couples were examining factors other than appearance when choosing each other, or, as lead researcher Lucy Hunt put it, "Maybe it's the case that beauty is partially in the eye of the beholder, especially as time passes."
The study also didn't see any connection between each person being the same level of hot and how happy they were together, so hooray! Nothing matters and the normal-looking shall marry the extraordinary-looking if they so choose! That's what I'm taking from this, anyway.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.