First impressions are all important.
Lifestyle magazine Men’s Health quizzed 200 of their female readers in order to get an answer to the question “What is the first thing a woman notices about a man?”
The study found that the first thing women notice upon passing a man on the street is the eyes. The magazine also provided a top five, so we all know exactly what we need to work on.
After the eyes, the most noticeable features on a man are the smile, height, hands and style in that order – which might not be great news for those among us who are vertically challenges (or toothless, for that matter).
Interestingly, the magazine also showed the men a picture of a man in a Speedo and asked the ladies where their eyes went at first glance.
According to this bit of research, the top three answers were the abdomen, the face and the shoulders/biceps. The words ‘crotch’ and ‘bulge’ didn’t come up at all, somewhat surprisingly.
Sex and relationship expert Dr Wendy Walsh Ph.D says this all comes down to biological evolution
She explained that women’s eyes are often subconsciously attracted to features which show whether a man would be a strong protector and provider.
“Think about our cavewoman brains,” she told the magazine. “We want to know, can this guy climb a tree and pick fruit for me? Can this guy slay a woolly mammoth for me?”
Things like the shoulders, arms and abdominal muscles would best show how capable primal men were at caring for and protecting their partners.
Even now women are still hard-wired to notice those particular areas and be attracted by the level of strength in the opposite sex.
Dr Walsh also added that the face can indicate levels of intelligence and kindness which were important for primal survival.
So if you want to make sure you don’t scare away women on the street, now you know the main thing to work on is your eyes…