Okay, guys, bear with me here - its my first post and I'm somewhat tired, but I had this thought. Don't burn me if it just sounds like a load of ramblings bear with me for a bit. A year or two ago, I didn't particularly care much about personal appearance/grooming. I just sort of put on whatever random tracksuit I could find along with an aging t-shirt as soon as I got out of bed and went out, without bothering to sort out my hair, shave, or anything. However, recently I've got into fashion/grooming - now I gel my hair properly, and wear designer jeans and trendy clothing. I must admit, I was quite surprised (and very pleased) by the increased attention I got from the opposite sex - but I was even more surprised to find that people of the same gender (men) treated me with more respect and politeness, as if I was a more important person and my opinions mattered more, merely because of my appearance. So that brings me to my point - obviously, looking cool/trendy is important to the opposite sex to a certain degree, but does society as a whole tend to use such an (arguably) shallow way of measuring a person's worth the first time they meet them? I know appearance obviously matters significantly, but does it make such a massive difference, especially if they're of the same sex? Okay, when you specifically want to make a good impression - i.e. job interviews etc, but what about in normal everyday life? Sorry if I sound like I'm rambling or if this is a too deep a topic for 7pm, but I just wanted u guys opinions. Is society like this (its not necessarily a bad thing at all, I'm not complaining lol) or am I simply egotistically imagining that people now have a hugely better first impression of me?