With men it’s all about the eye con­tact

Now sci­en­tists have found how to tell if a man sees you as a long-term part­ner or a fling, re­ports

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

FOR WOMEN, it’s a ques­tion as old as the dat­ing game it­self: does he re­ally like me, or is he only af­ter one thing? Now sci­en­tists have found that a sim­ple test can de­ter­mine a man’s in­ten­tions – and the an­swer, it seems, is all in the eyes.

If he main­tains eye con­tact for long pe­ri­ods, he views his date as a po­ten­tial long-term part­ner. But if his gaze strays reg­u­larly from the face to the body, the prospects of any­thing more than a brief fling are slim.

The £60 000 (R725 443) study found that bodies were half as im­por­tant and faces con­sid­er­ably more cru­cial if men were seek­ing a life part­ner.

Psy­chol­o­gist Dr An­thony Lit­tle, of Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity, said: “If you are looking for long-term re­la­tion­ships you are looking for a friendly, hu­mor­ous, co-op­er­a­tive, pleas­ant part­ner – in­for­ma­tion we all get from faces.

“But when it comes to men and short-term re­la­tion­ships they are not so both­ered about whether some­one has a nicelook­ing face; the body be­comes a bit more im­por­tant. They shift their at­ten­tion.”

In the study, which was car­ried out with Dr Tom Cur­rie of Tokyo Uni­ver­sity, 10 male and fe­male mod­els were asked to pose in their un­der­wear.

Tests were then car­ried out on the in­ter­net with 127 male and 133 fe­male vol­un­teers each looking at im­ages of mod­els from the op­po­site sex.

They were asked to rate each model’s at­trac­tive­ness, both for a long-term re­la­tion­ship such as mar­riage and also for a short-term fling.

First they rated sep­a­rate im­ages of body and face, be­fore fi­nally see­ing and rat­ing pic­tures show­ing both. Scor­ing was on a scale of one to seven, with seven the high­est.

The re­searchers found that when looking for a steady re­la­tion­ship, just 20 per­cent of men gave higher scores to im­ages of women’s bodies than they did to pic­tures of faces.

But that jumped to 40 per­cent when they were asked to rate the mod­els’ at­trac­tive­ness for a short-term af­fair.

Lit­tle said: “We were rat­ing in­di­vid­ual faces and in­di­vid­ual bodies. In both sexes, faces were more im­por­tant than bodies in de­ter­min­ing who the vol­un­teers found at­trac­tive over­all.

“Scores for fa­cial beauty were a bet­ter pre­dic­tor of the model’s over­all rat­ing than scores for bod­ily at­trac­tive­ness. The one ex­cep­tion to that is that for men when they are rat­ing for short-term re­la­tion­ships, the ac­tual fe­male body at­trac­tive­ness be­comes more im­por­tant.”

Be­ing asked to eval­u­ate part­ners for long-term or short­term re­la­tion­ships made no dif­fer­ence to whether the fe­male vol­un­teers rated faces or bodies higher, the re­searchers said. – Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: MATHIEU DASNOIS

IN THE EYES: When men are looking for a fling, body at­trac­tive­ness is more im­por­tant, but if he is looking for a long-term part­ner he will main­tain eye con­tact.

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