An unusual study suggests that an individual's high school yearbook photo may be a powerful predictor of the course that their life may take. The research is featured in a recently published book authored by a DePauw University professor. According to researchers who worked on the 2009 study, an individual's smile in their high school yearbook photo correlates to their likelihood of at least one marriage ending in divorce. Many in California may find the reasoning behind this conclusion of interest.
While this link may seem farfetched at first blush, the statistics are impressive. According to the study, individuals who did not smile big for the camera were as much as five times more likely to be divorced than those who grinned. The research focused on several hundred individuals, with ages that ranged from early in their twenties to late in their eighties.