The Eyes Don't Lie: Study Says We're All Indeed Obsessed with Boobs

The next time you're tempted to scream, "Hey, scumbag! My eyes are up here" know that he doesn't necessarily mean to be a hornball, he is just socially conditioned to be one

Science says there are two reasons why we all -- not just men -- are so obsessed with T & A. For one, there’s evolution -- men think bigger-busted ladies make better child bearers and smaller women feel threatened because they don’t have enough milkshake to bring all the boys to the yard. The second reason is our favorite scapegoats: television, movies, the media. Since we see nothing but boobs and butt on screens and magazines, we naturally want to see them in real life, too.

Participants (29 women and 36 men) of a study published in the Sex Roles journal wore an eye-tracking system that measured how long their eyes were focused on the body of a bodacious lady, a not-bodacious lady and a somewhere-in-the-middle lady. The clear eye grabber? The lady with the big boobs, small waist and big hips. These findings are supposedly more accurate than a survey because they are more objective and less subjective. "It doesn't explain why they're looking, but they're looking longer," says Jamie Lynn Goldenberg, an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. And the looking is something they can’t hide.

I know what you’re thinking: Duh! But this study brings up so many more questions about humans:

1)Are we seriously still blaming our “need to procreate” for our animalistic behaviors? It’s 2013. If we’re talking human survival, webbed feet might be more useful than big hips.

2)Also, are we seriously still blaming the media for all our animalistic behaviors? We are smart enough to realize we are being brainwashed -- and be furious about it -- but not smart enough to do anything about it? Step one: turn off the TV.

3)And why do people think they can fool me with “Oh, I was just admiring your shirt” or “Oh, I thought I dropped something” when I catch them peeping at my bosom. Puh-leeze. Like you, I know they’re there. It’s okay, just remember to not stare too long and listen to all the brilliant things I have to say, too.

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Angela Law is a health editor at iVillage.com. You can follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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