25 March 2009

Love (or Lust) at First Sight Lasts about Eight Seconds

When a man spots a woman he finds attractive, he holds his gaze for an average of 8.2 seconds. The longer a man's gaze rests on a woman when they meet for the first time, the more interested he is.

If it last just four seconds, he may not be all that impressed. But if it breaks the 8.2 second barrier, he could already be in love they say.

Hidden cameras were used to secretly track the eye movements of 115 students as they spoke to actors and actresses. They were then asked to rate their conversation partner's attractiveness.

The men looked into the eyes of actresses they considered beautiful for an average of 8.2 seconds, but that dropped to 4.5 seconds when gazing at those they rated less attractive, the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior reported. The researchers believe that men use eye contact to seek out fit and fertile mates.