March 20th, 2008
More often than not, guys interpret even friendly cues, such as a subtle smile from a gal, as a sexual come-on, and a new study discovers why: Guys are clueless. More precisely, they are somewhat oblivious to the emotional subtleties of non-verbal cues, according to a new study of college students. "Young men just find it difficult to tell the difference between women who are being friendly and women who are interested in something more," said lead researcher Coreen Farris of Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Some might think the results come down to "boys being boys," and so even the slightest female interest sparks sexual fantasy. But the study, to be detailed in the April issue of the journal Psychological Science, also found that it goes both ways for guys - they mistake females' sexual signals as friendly ones. The researchers suggest guys have trouble noticing and interpreting the subtleties of non-verbal cues, in either direction.
I am shocked - SHOCKED, I SAY!! - to hear of this groundbreaking, revolutionary research.
Dear researchers: Now that you've told us exactly what we already know... can you please tell us the important information that we obviously don't know? To whit, exactly which signals are "friendly" and exactly which ones are "interested"? In fact, let's start slower - how about you tell me exactly what is a "signal" and what isn't?
You know... just for the common good of all humanity. Nothing really important, or anything.