Bristol University researchers are reporting that women spend more time looking over other women's bodies than men do.
The researchers arrived at this conclusion after asking volunteers to view various still frames including nature documentaries, classical and surrealist paintings, and freeze-frames of couples in films.
AdvertisementThe film part included two films; 'Love Actually,' starring Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
The researchers reported that female volunteers were more interested in McCutcheon and Hepburn rather than Grant and Peppard. Women spent 61% of the time looking at the women in these pictures and only 39% of time looking at the men.
"This is counter-intuitive from a sexual perspective if you are thinking about desire, but it's not surprising if you look at it in terms of sexual competition. The women might be checking out their sexual rivals, and comparing themselves with them," said lead researcher Felix Mercer Mos, a computer science PhD student at the University.
The study details are published in the journal PLoS ONE.