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.
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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.
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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.