Everyone Stares at Boobs
Women aren't just making it up when they say that their breasts get more attention than their faces.
Researchers have actually used modern eye-tracking technology to confirm that we all stare at women's bodies. Hooray for science.
"Until now, we didn't have evidence people were actually doing that to women's bodies," said lead author and social psychologist Sarah Gervais of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "We have women's self-reports, but this is some of the first work to document that people actually engage in this."
The breakthrough development (said with a heap of salt) was published in the journal Sex Roles.
For the study, 29 female and 36 male participants were fitted with an eye-tracking system capable of measuring up to the millisecond how long their eyes were fixed on certain spots. They were given pictures of the same 10 women with digitally altered body shapes, or as USA TODAY carefully describes, pictures of women ranging from "curvaceous, much less curvaceous and in-between."
Researchers found that it's not just men who check out boobs -- women ogle, too.
Of course, any woman who has received shade from a Mean Girl already knows this, but according to scientific (haha!) proof, both sexes stared more at a woman's chest and waist and less on the face. Additionally, bodies with larger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips often prompted longer looks.
Gervais explained that the reason we stare may be based on evolution. Men are drawn to curvier women for childbearing purposes, and, who-woulda-thought, women are sizing up the competition.
Are you surprised that both men and women stare at breasts?