After Thanksgiving, around the time I got myself momentarily infatuated with Facebook (Friend me!) I returned home from Cancun and, looking for a place to dump my pictures, wound up loading them onto the Big F.B.. As a newbie, I had no idea that so many people pay attention to photos on other people's pages. At that point, I only used the site to check up on boys I had crushes on in seventh grade science class and post inane Status Updates like, "Leslie is talking cleavage with Hoda and Kathie Lee tomorrow at 9:15am!" I never actually went looking through people's albums. That's the kind of time suck that kills interpersonal relationships, vacuums away careers and, in general, ruins people's lives, .
One of the photos was of Dan and I on a gorgeous white sandy Mexican beach, immediately post-guacfest, clad in bathing suits and smiles. Did I think I look good? Sure. But by the outpouring of comments I received from friends, it appeared the message I was sending was, "I look HOT. Stare at me. And leave me a message telling me how hot I look.”
‘Twas not my intention, but that's how it came across.
Now, a new study from University of Wroclaw in Poland is making me think there was something to my somewhat questionable online bikini move.
Psychologists at this Polish university (total party school, BTW - like ASU but colder and more Slavic) asked men to look at pictures of women's bodies during all four seasons, rating their faces, bodies and breasts. The results of this deep-digging, save-the-world research? Men found women's bods… and boobs... sexiest in the wintertime.
According to the research, which I read about in Jug…I mean, Psychology Today…the theory is that when men and their female counterparts are all cooped up and covered up during the winter, their (men’s) standards dip. All of the women around them are layered head to toe in thick parks, furry boots, mittens, and ear pops (I have`them!) and thus, any chance to see some skin gets them going. In the summer, however, crop tops, thongs, and miniskirts show so much skin that men's standards of attractiveness elevated..
Oh, University of Wroclaw, I knew there was a reason I loved Poland besides potato pierogies and my bestie, Trish (she’s Polish, her husband is Puerto Rican and their little girl is…"PolaRican!”) It's research like this that truly restores my faith in humanity... and the massive, addictive juggernaut that is Facebook.
Fess up: Who here has posted a bathing suit pic online? I did so, but I am technologically illiterate and didn't truly realize what I was doing, so I am exempt from any judgment.