Breaking News: Study links cuteness and kids wearing glasses

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 1, 2013.  Researchers at Little Four Eyes have recently demonstrated that there exists a strong link between children who wear glasses and cuteness.

photos of young children in glasses

A small sampling of photos used in the study.

The study is the first of its kind to look for links between kids in glasses and their levels of cute.  Cuteness experts analyzed the 167 photos in the Little Four Eyes photo gallery, and independently rated the adorableness of each child.  “What we found astounded us,” noted the lead investigator of the study.

 “We went in to this study expecting to see some relationship between these two factors, but the degree to which the two factors correlated was off the charts.  Every single photo in that set has been independently verified as representing a cute child,” she continued.  “That’s a perfect correlation!  We can say with great certainty that all children wearing glasses are cute.”

Of course, correlation is not causation.  “It would be tempting to assume that the glasses are the cause of the child’s charm,” cautioned the researcher, “but that has not been borne out by our study.”  In fact, a second set of researchers independently rated the cuteness of the children with and without glasses.  They found that the children were just as adorable without their glasses, showing that while the glasses did not cause the cuteness, they also did not diminish their cuteness.

One child from the study with and without glasses.  The study found that the children were just as cute with glasses as without.

One child from the study with and without glasses. The study found that the children were just as cute with glasses as without.

Vision advocates are hailing the findings as a great step forward in aiding in early detection and treatment of vision issues.  The implications of this study are clear:  Any parent with a cute child should make sure their child’s vision is checked early on.  And parents who learn that their child needs glasses should follow the recommendations of an eye care provider, and should not worry that the glasses will lower their child’s cuteness in any way.

Treats offered to the researchers in no way affected child's cuteness rating.

Treats offered to the researchers in no way affected the child’s cuteness rating.

The April 1st study was made possible with the support of the Great Glasses Play Day, a movement to celebrate and support children in glasses, raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of vision issues, and to help end the stigma attached to wearing glasses.  Join us August 4, 2013 for the second annual Great Glasses Play Day!

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3 thoughts on “Breaking News: Study links cuteness and kids wearing glasses

  1. Reblogged this on little four eyes and commented:

    Happy April 1! While the study and the “cuteness experts” may be made up, I fully believe in the findings: 1: While glasses do not cause children to be cute, they also do not diminish their cuteness. 2: Any parent with a cute child (which is to say, any parent) should make sure their child’s vision is checked early on. And 3: Parents who learn that their child needs glasses should follow the recommendations of an eye care provider, and should not worry that the glasses will lower their child’s cuteness in any way.

    • Thanks Nate! I had fun writing it. And as I’ve commented elsewhere, while the study and the “cuteness experts” may be made up, I fully believe in the “findings”:

      1. While glasses do not cause children to be cute, they also do not diminish their cuteness. 2. Any parent with a cute child (which is to say, any parent) should make sure their childs vision is checked early on. 3. Parents who learn that their child needs glasses should follow the recommendations of an eye care provider, and should not worry that the glasses will lower their childs cuteness in any way.

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