Does everyone in the world have a look-alike? How do you find them?

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jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that every person has a look-alike.  Every human being has a unique genetic code which causes each one of us to look at least a little bit different than everyone else.

The only exception to this is identical twins.  Since they are formed from the same cell, they have identical genetic codes.  Any differences in their appearance would have to be the result of environmental factors.  For example, if Twin A spent more time in the sun, then she would have darker (or perhaps redder) skin than her sister, Twin B. 

If you want to find someone who looks more or less like yourself, you might not have to travel too far.  People of your own immediate family share the most genes with you, and are the most likely to look like you.  Going a little farther afield, people who have the same ethnic background are more likely to look alike than those with different backgrounds.  For example, two Jews of Eastern European heritage are more likely to look alike than an African-American and a person of the Han ethnic group in China. 


seaofknowledge eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think there is some confusion among the general public about human genetic makeup and DNA. Even though we all have a unique genetic makeup that allows modern genetic testing to identify us, it has also been known since the early 2000s that all humans are 99.9% identical in DNA. It's the 0.1% that gives us our unique appearance. 

From the theological point of view of the Abrahamic religions, this makes sense as we are all descendants of the first two people -- Adam and Eve. 

Therefore, it is highly likely that there are people around the world who look much like we do, although every physical characteristic cannot be the same.

Another interesting fact: every single person on earth has a unique fingerprint. Even twins have different, unique fingerprints. 

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I personally don't believe that everybody in the world has a look-alike, and it seems that it would be impossible to prove such a theory, but at one point the Germans believed in this theory so much that they have a word used only for one's look-alike, "dubbelganger." With the multicultural aspects of our global society, it is fathomable that most people have at lease one person in the world who closely resembles him or her.  That being said, we have so many ways to alter appearance now (hair dye, plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, etc.), that it would be difficult to know if two people naturally look alike.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I've heard it said that we all have look alikes, but I've yet to meet mine.  And even if I did meet someone who looks like me on the outside, they wouldn't be like me on the inside!  They wouldn't think like me, talk like me, dress like me, like or dislike the same things I do, have the same personality I do, have the same family history and genetic makeup I do, and the same values I do.

Identical twins are supposed to be the most alike of anybody on earth, but even they have their differences. 

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You are referring to a doppelganger.  This is the German term for a "double walker." I don't believe in the concept, but I am sure there are many people out there who resemble me. I don't think it is possible to find them, unless some social network was created to do the job for you.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think everyone in the world has other humans who resemble them. How to find them, well I think the use of the Internet and facial recognition software would help a lot with achieving that. A chance meeting between look-alikes would be the other way of discovering your other self.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are millions and millions of people in the world. There is always going to people who resemble us in some way or another. As far finding them goes, that may be impossible. The population is too high. Finding this person would just boil down to luck.

ik9744 | Student

This is a very good question! You asked two question so I might as well answer both: 

Does everyone in the world have a look-alike? How do you find them?

Does everyone in the world have a love match for them?

Answering question 1:

I'd have to say no for the first question. Due to the fact that God created us each differently and respectively unique. Don't get me wrong, there are a ton of people that may look like you but they're still not at least 80 percent alike. For example there is this guy called Charlie at my school, everyone mistakes me for him and the other way around. When we discussed this together, we found out so many things different from us. For example if there is a 100% look-alike, you still wouldn't be able to find him/her. It would be 0.00000000014286% [1/7 billion] likely you'll ever find 'that' person. The number given is almost 0%. Yes in the whole world there's people that look alike to you, have same traits, hobbies, language, and etc. They are still very different from you. It's just you need to think of the small details different from you and you'll be able to understand what I'm trying to say. Yes, you may want to have a look-alike, because I sure do. The problem is there always won't be. I've read through the other answers listed, and I'm the only one saying this. You always have to look at the other perspective even if you're 100% sure it is correct. 

Answer #2:

Sure, everyone can have a love-match just you need to find the right person and start the right relationship. You never know who that person will be and when you will see that person if ever in your life. It might also be very likely you'll never meet the person ever in your life. :P

missgarcia | Student

I think we're all closely connected. So it wouldn't surprise me if I found my doppelgänger. I've seen plenty of people who, at first glance, I confused for a friend of mine. Yes, we are all individuals so it may be rare to find an exact look-alike. But I'm sure there's someone out there who could look like they're your close relatives. 

zumba96 | Student

It is said we have 7 look a likes in the world but it is not easy to find them. Even if we do have 7 look a likes there is no way it is the exact same as us because the genetic code would be different. It is a doppelganger. 

giorgiana1976 | Student

People are very similar in structure due to DNA. The ability to resemble is better if they are coming from the same ethnic group .

epollock | Student

I don't know if people have look-a-likes. But the technology is getting closer. I think there are software companies making social networking sites for people that look similar and use facial recognition software to find people that look similar. 

shinyteethgirl | Student

Does everyone in the world have a love match for them?


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