Looking At This Part Of His Body Reveals If It's Love Or Lust

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Looking At This Part Of His Body Reveals If It's Love Or Lust

If eyes are the window to the soul, then eye contact is a dead giveaway regarding what someone is looking for as they shift their gaze while talking to you.

Not that we should be totally surprised. Most of us know the eyes say a lot about someone's intentions.

But now, a study conducted at the University of Chicago has confirmed that you — yes, you! — can learn how to tell if a guy likes you but just wants to have some sexy fun, or if he likes you likes you and is looking for something meaningful and long-lasting ... just by watching his eye movements and taking note of where they most frequently land.

I know, I know. First, we had to focus on body language to be able to tell what a possible love interest might be thinking and whether it relates to love vs lust, and now this?

It's so much work trying to scoop up a boyfriend (or even a one-night stand)!

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So, how can you tell if a guy really likes you? Easy!

Making eye contact, even for the briefest of moments, means you're looking to connect with someone on an emotional level, whereas eyes looking downward at the body instead of in the other person's eyes means their desire for sex is more prominent.

I always thought that looking downward was something people just naturally did when they were bored with a conversation, because it seemed more polite to look at their body than to completely stare off into the distance. But, based on this new information, I've apparently been telling men, women and everyone in between that I want them because I get bored easily. Well then ...

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Lead author of the study, Stephanie Cacioppo, explains that, although this research doesn't scientifically prove that love at first sight exists or explain why people fall in love with each other, "These patterns of response provide the first clues regarding how automatic attentional processes, such as eye gaze, may differentiate feelings of love from feelings of desire toward strangers."

To prove their scientific theory, students were given two sets of black and white photos.

The first set contained images of heterosexual couples engaging with each other in a not necessarily romantic way, and the second set showed members of the opposite sex staring directly into the camera.

The students were then asked to decide if the mood of those in the photos was erotic or romantic.

Through the analysis of the eye movements, both the men and women participating in the study concentrated on the faces in the photos when saying the mood was one of romance, and, in contrast, focused more on the bodies in the photos when deciding that what they were witnessing in the images was a desire for sex.

And voila! The proof is pretty much in the bag.

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It goes without saying that these findings don't mean these outcomes are guaranteed every time you either make eye contact with someone or catch them staring at parts of your body other than your eyes.

But, I guess, for those out on the prowl, learning to read eye movements, just like learning to read body language, can bring you one step closer to figuring out this whole crazy "love vs lust" thing.

Once you've mastered that, there's no telling what you can conquer next.

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Amanda Chatel is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She's a regular contributor to Bustle and Glamour, with bylines at Harper's Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Livingly, Mic, The Bolde, Huffington Post and others. Find her on Twitter or on Facebook for more.

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