Dutch Study clarifies just what that first gaze into her eyes means

March 25, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A recent study published by the Dutch based journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior, claims that men will gaze into the eyes of women they find attractive for an average of 8.2 seconds, while giving a less attractive woman, a paltry 4.5 seconds of checking out time. The longer a man’s eyes rests on a woman (presumably into her eyes) when they meet for the first time, the more interested he is.  Of course stare too long or not into her eyes and you’re going to fail to impress. Women were found to make eye contact for shorter periods, and gazed the same amount of time regardless of whether they found a man attractive or not (so mysterious). The researchers attributed these differences to men using their eye contact as a way to snag a “fit and fertile mate.” Women on the other hand, were more leery of staring at men for too long, because of a fear of unwanted pregnancy and single parenthood.

The Dutch journal, which solemnly bills itself as, the official publication of the International Academy of Sex Research, publishes dozens of sexually based research studies every month, on such recent topics as “Sexual Dimorphism in the Prenatal Digit Ratio,” “Barebacking: A Review of the Literature,” and the current gazing study, named, “Gazing Behavior During Mixed-Sex Interactions: Sex and Attractiveness Effects.”

The gazing study recruited 115 students to talk to actors and actresses, while secretly monitoring their eye movements with hidden cameras. The students then were asked to rate the attractiveness of their conversation partners. The results proved men would stare for prolonged periods at attractive women, while women are subtler while checking out an attractive man.

Is this Dutch gazing study a groundbreaking look into the sexual and mating behavior of human beings? Maybe, not so much.

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