It’s not in your head, ladies. That guy looking sidewise at you is probably checking out your bod. A new study using eye-tracking technology has proven what we’ve known all along: Men look more at women’s bodies than their faces.
Duh. Because boobs, hello. The interesting thing though is that apparently ladies do it too! Are we all just obsessed with the female form? Is anyone looking at our faces? Does this mean I don’t have to wear makeup anymore?
Social psychologist Sarah Gervais says that our culture bombards us with images of “women objectified in interactions on television and in the media,” and that turning our "own lens on everyday, ordinary women, we focus on those parts, too.”
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Or you know, maybe in the days before fertility treatments, big-breasted, well-hipped women with trim waists were the ones that were most likely to conceive and carry a child to term. Gervais does admit that evolution may be to blame for the female body obsession, “since men may be drawn to more shapely women for childbearing -- while women may be checking out their competition.”
The scientists tracked the eye movements of 29 women and 36 men with a new system that measures in the milliseconds how long your gaze rests on a specific spot. They participants were shown pictures of the same 10 women, photo shopped to various degrees of curvaceousness.
Both men and women spent more time looking at chests and waists than faces, and the curvier gals got the longest stares.
Now if you’ll excuse me please, I’m off to Victoria’s Secret for a push-up bra.
Do you feel like you spend more time looking at people’s bodies or their faces?
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