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#1 DocM

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:09

http://freep.com/fea...10290076&f=1236

The eyes don't lie: Men really do look at women's bodies more than their faces, according to a new study that used eye-tracking technology to prove what many women have long observed.

But it's not just men who do it -- the study found that women look at other women's bodies, too.

"We live in a culture in which we constantly see women objectified in interactions on television and in the media. When you turn your own lens on everyday, ordinary women, we focus on those parts, too," says lead author and social psychologist Sarah Gervais of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"Until now, we didn't have evidence people were actually doing that to women's bodies," she says. "We have women's self-reports, but this is some of the first work to document that people actually engage in this."

The participants - 29 women and 36 men - were outfitted with the eye-tracking system, which measures in milliseconds how long the eyes are fixed on certain spots. Their gazes reacted to photographs of the same 10 women, each with three different digitally manipulated body shapes - curvaceous, much less curvaceous and in-between. (Only women's bodies were viewed by study participants.) Both sexes fixed their gaze more on women's chests and waists and less on faces. Those bodies with larger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips often prompted longer looks.
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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:13

Aside from the women who like women.. women size up their competition and men look for the conquest.

 

This has been known since the dawn of time. Someone got a pretty penny in wasted grant money... and we wonder why so many major diseases go un-cured (yeah, aside from the conspiracy theories).



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:15

If they can tell me why, I'm always curious to find the scientific reasons behind why we do these things, but it's such a pointless endevre when they tell us crap we already knew.

 

"Men look at Woman's bodies".

 

Thanks captain obvious. 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:25

And women don't look at men's bodies?



#5 Torolol

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:29

but what about GAYs, did they look at women's bodies too?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:33

but what about GAYs, did they look at women's bodies too?

you'd be surprised how many gay men look at women's bodies



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:35

As a result of this study it was realized that human beings have eyes!  Wonders never cease...



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 18:57

I hope they didn't spend any money on this "study."



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 19:50

You can bet they did.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 19:54

I would've been looking at him not her lol  :woot:



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 00:17

 

Those bodies with larger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips often prompted longer looks

 

I'll admit mine, I look every time. I like a nice looking, full figured women.



#12 Torolol

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:55

so how male are subconsciously 'programmed' to look at them, longer ?



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:18

Reproductive selection. Males have one primary imperative - pass on their genes via the best mates. To do that they are programmed by evolution to constantly evaluate the contenders and formulate seduction strategies on the fly.

Females also evaluate the competition but aren't burdened by formulating seduction strategies. As to seduction, in most cases their role is more filtration than pursuit.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:20

And women don't look at men's bodies?

Yep, they do. It isn't limited to gender, obviously.



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 09:36

I know sometimes some studies seem to prove the obvious, but that is kind of the point: you have to prove things, you can't just assume things to be true from intuition or subjective experience. A lot of things that have seemed intuitively true have also been proven false by scientific inquiry. It's able to work both ways.