Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Men and Women -- A Difference of Opinion

     This is kind of interesting . . . A 2009 study shows that when a single woman encounters a new man she looks at him for a longer period of time than a typical married woman does. But men, whether married or not, take about the same amount to time to size up a woman.
      Researchers at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University asked more than 50 men and women to analyze photos of people they did not know. The volunteers were all heterosexual, from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. About half of them were single; half in a committed relationship. The volunteers were asked to rate the photos for attractiveness. Single women and married women basically agreed with one another on how attractive the men were. The difference was that the single women looked at the photos for a noticeably longer period of time than the married women did. But the men, married or not, looked at the photos for approximately the same amount of time.

     If the male considered a woman unattractive, he looked at the photo for 4.5 seconds. If he considered a woman attractive, he looked at the photo for 8.2 seconds. It didn't matter whether he was married or not. Women had a different response. They looked at all the photos for about the same amount of time. It's just that single women lingered over the photos longer than those who were in a committed relationship.

     As Chris Rock might say -- Maybe it isn't right; but I understand.

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