Monday, April 13, 2009

Men are not pigs from the good doctor

Love at first sight… depending on how long he looks

How do I love thee? Let me count … how many seconds I look at you. Well, it may lack the romance of the original line, but a new study shows that this may be a lot closer to the truth. And as you may have expected, it's a guy thing.

The study showed that while women will look at men for about four seconds regardless of whether or not they find them attractive, men spent only half as much time looking at women they did not find attractive. In fact, guys stared at women they were attracted to an average of 8.2 seconds, while people that they weren't so hot for only rated a glance of about four seconds.

To arrive at these new findings published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers tracked more than 100 students with hidden camera, monitoring their eye movements in a room filled with actors and actresses. The unknowing test subjects then rated the attractiveness of their partners.

The results don't mean that men are pigs (well, not necessarily). They merely reinforce the idea that men rely on visual cues to when seeking mates – just as they have for thousands of years. It's built into our DNA.

Here's looking at you for a good, long time,     William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.


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