Whether we’re looking for someone to date or sizing up a potential rival, our eyes irresistibly lock on to good-looking people, a new study finds.
Participants, all heterosexual men and women, fixated on highly attractive people within the first half-second of seeing them. Single folks ogled the opposite sex, of course. But those in committed relationships more often eyed beautiful people of the same sex.
This is amazing news. Not only does the University of Florida have top-notch athletics (winning back-to-back basketball titles and last year’s football title), but are also knocking out blockbuster research. So, the gist is that people check out good-looking people of the opposite gender. “Is that your opinion, doctor?” Aaaaand they check out good-looking people of the same sex. The assumption is that singles ogle the opposite sex looking for a mate and that people in a relationship eyeball their potential rivals. We assume men are looking for a weakness they can expose in the other man in case it comes to fisticuffs and women are looking for things they can make catty comments about. This reminds us of a game that we play any time that we get on a plane, subway, bus or enter a crowded room. We pretend that there is a good chance that some tragedy will befall us and we’ll have to start a new society ala Lost. We pick out potential mates and size up potential rivals. That way, if our plane crashes into a weird dimension we can be sure to act quickly. He who hesitates is lost, guy.