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What do Men Look at- Body or Face?

If you are looking for a long-term relationship with your man, your chances would be pretty high if you have a pretty face. In case you are interested in a short fling then get a great body. According to a research, a woman’s body speaks volumes about her current fertility status, whereas, her face gives away her reproductive value in the long run. A study conducted by the psychologists at the University of Texas, Austin, tries to unravel what exactly do men look at in women when it comes to relationships.

The Experiment
375 college students took part in this research. They were shown images of other people. The faces and bodies in the images were covered. The participants were asked to choose their potential long-term and short-term mates. They could either look at the person’s body or the face. The students were not allowed to look at both the face as well as the body.

The Result
The following results were obtained from the experiment:
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  • 25% of the men participating in the research looked at the body of the potential long-term mate.
  • 51% of the men chose to see the body of the partner for the short-term relationship.
  • However, this does not seem to be the case with the women. They do not have such preference for the body or the face while selecting a partner for long-term or short-term relationship.

The study is published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, last month’s edition.

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What do the researchers have to say about this experiment?
Jamie Confer, a psychology graduate at the University of Texas, co-authored the study along with Professor David Buss and Carin Perilloux. According to Jamie Confer, men’s priorities change depending on their idea of a mate, facial features become more important when choosing a partner for a long-term relationship. She also feels that mating is the most important aspect of the natural selection. The research will help in clarifying people’s preference in the mating process. This is the first of its kind research which analyzes experimentally the importance of body and face. Jamie Confer, Professor David Buss and Carin Perilloux are considering a follow-up research. The researchers will ask the participants whether they would like to see the faces or bodies of their potential rivals who might steal away their mates from them. This will reveal if men and women feel threatened by a great body or a pretty face.

So for now, shall we say- body for the fling and face for the ring?

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