I think there's more to it, including socioeconomic and cultural factors, than just trying to keep the blue-eyed gene alive.
The theory about this increased attraction, which actually is observed only in terms of men being attracted to women, isn't really about some conscious "I have to keep blue eyes in existence"; it's about the instinctive "I must pass on my genes"—and the conclusion is that blue-eyed men who have an instinct to be more attracted to blue-eyed women are better at passing on their genes, because they have a greater probability of knowing that, if the kids they are raising also have blue eyes, then those kids probably came from their own sperm and not another man's (and this is because of two things: the fact that blue eyes are rarer than brown eyes; and the fact that the baby of a blue-eyed couple is, unless there's a fluke, going to be blue-eyed).
I have blue-green eyes and both of my husband's had brown eyes. Not that I haven't had my head turned by a blue-eyed beauty once or twice. :)
And I wonder just how recessive it is, too. One of my son's eyes are green, the other's are very, very blue. And their father, of course, had brown eyes.
I think green is supposed to be dominant over blue, I do know blue is more common.
thats one scarey wooly jumper lol.
In my crushed-out days, I was attracted to brown-eyed girls, though I hadn't really thought about it, until now. However, any pursuits always occurred with blue-eyed misses. My eyes are unquestionably blue, particularly when I could wear contacs.
Early on in my relationship with L, she asked out of the blue (I can't help myself) , What color are my eyes?
Blue. No, wait. Green. No, blue., I replied, cheeks redder with a word.
Hazel, she said. And then, she kissed me.
p.s. The scary sheep made me sad on many levels.
My relationships have had such a wide variety of eye colors, it's hard to pin one down as what I'm specifically attracted too.
Why did the sheep make you sad?
I am very much so more attracted to those who have blue eyes.
You have blue eyes too, right?
Have you dated mostly brown eyed folk or blue?
Generally, it goes violet, green, grey, blue, hazel, amber, brown, from most recessive to most dominant. In an exceedingly simple chart, everyone has a recessive and a dominant eye colour. I, for example, have brown eyes. My mother has green eyes, and my father brown eyes. This probably means that I have brown/green. One sister has brown eyes, same as me. Other sister has green eyes, which probably means that my father has green as his recessive. However, my brother has grey eyes, so again, there are many factors involved.
Rock on! I didn't know the descending order, so thank you for sharing. :)
The results of the recent study were a bit more specific. The subjects, all of whom were white, were divided four ways: male, female, brown-eyed, blue-eyed. They were randomly shown headshots of other white people, of the opposite sex, and asked to grade those people on attractiveness. All the people in the photos had blue or brown eyes. Each photographed person appeared in two different photos: in one, he or she was shown with his or her natural eye color (blue or brown); in the other, the eye color had been changed to the other (brown or blue).
The results were as follows:
• Brown-eyed women: equally attracted to brown- and blue-eyed men.
• Brown-eyed men: equally attracted to brown- and blue-eyed women.
• Blue-eyed women: equally attracted to brown- and blue-eyed men.
• Blue-eyed men: more attracted to blue-eyed women.
They baby of a blue-eyed man paired with a blue-eyed woman is guaranteed to have blue eyes.
The theory is that the blue-eyed men who are more attracted to blue-eyed women than to brown-eyed women have been more successful at passing on their genes because this is a way of being more certain that the kids whom they (the blue-eyed men) are helping to raise are really from their own sperm.
As to green: I used to be told that green eyes were rarer than brown, blue, or hazel. But I have since read that green is actually commoner than blue.
I'm a blue-eyed guy. I've never chosen my girlfriends on the basis of looks (that may sound snooty, but it's true). But, when I was a child, my four girlfriends, all of whom were varying degrees of blonde, had blue (?), blue, blue, and blue eyes. Starting in my teens and going into my late twenties, it's been brown hair with green eyes, brown hair with brown eyes, naturally multicolored blondish hair with blue eyes, reddish brown hair with green eyes, and black hair with black eyes.
That is true for everything, but I think it is more psychological. I am tall and thin and I like to date tall and thin men. Maybe narcissism?
PS, I am also a redhead and I find redhaired men repulsive. Hate me for it, but it's true.
I was thinking more about this during my shower. Various thoughts:
1. Interestingly, the results of the study were only about persons' (specifically, adult white persons') attraction to headshots of random, average persons of the opposite sex: they weren't about the eye color of these persons' actual boyfriends, girlfriends, and spouses; they weren't about their attraction to certain celebrities (or others) who are generally deemed quite attractive, or celebrities (or others) who are commonly said to have especially good-looking eyes (regardless of color).
2. I wonder whether certain groups of the population (for example, blue-eyed men who are assessing women) are more attuned to others' eye color than others are.
3. The paper about the study included samples of the original and doctored photos that were shown to the test subjects. In each instance in the paper, you got to see the original photo right next to its doctored version, and you could look at this pair of photos without seeing the text that labelled which one was doctored. For each pair, I had an almost instant feeling about which photo was doctored and which one wasn't—and, in every case, I was right. This wasn't the result of being able to detect a poor Photoshopping job or anything like that. There was just something that made me able to tell who should have what color of eyes. I wonder whether this detection ability is commoner among blue-eyed guys than among other persons.
4. A lot of facial factors other than eye color go into my assessment of who's most attractive (among celebrities, for example). Also, other eye factors, besides color, go into assessment of who has the prettiest eyes. But, when I try to concentrate really on whose eyes look especially attractive to me, it seems I get the most attraction to some blue-eyed examples (and I am a blue-eyed guy). For some reason, blue-eyed Avril Lavigne is one who always comes to mind.
5. When I look at brown-eyed people and concentrate on their eyes, there's something a little creepy-feeling to me about people with light-brown eyes (obviously, no offense meant to anyone with light-brown eyes). But I know someone else who thinks light-brown eyes are fine but who doesn't like very dark-brown eyes; this person doesn't like not being able to distinguish easily between pupil and iris in those with very dark-brown eyes.
6. My two girlfriends who have had the prettiest eyes have been (at least as I assess them at this stage in life) the first one with green eyes, and the present one, who has black (or very dark brown) eyes. But I think this depends on more than just the color: it's also about shape, placement, the style of eyelid, the eyebrows, the color and length of eyelashes, &c.—not to mention animation and emotion. Even though I'm probably generally most attracted to blue-eyed girls, the fact is that it's my black-eyed girlfriend who has the eyes that I love to watch and stare into. :)
Anyway, I'll stop babbling.
You don't happen to have a link toa website that has these doctored photos, do you? I'd be really interested in seeing them.
And aww. You love your girl. Good stuff. :)
That's hog wash... although Ronnie and I do both have blue-gray eye. My husband and all of my children have these wonderful warm brown eyes.
Lots of brown recessively in your family?
i kind of hate people with blue eyes. i don't trust them. :X
it's abnormal to me, for an animal to have a part of itself the color of the ocean or the sky. what are blue-eyed people.. fish? birds?
and because everyone else is stating quotas, my husbands eyes are greenand brown, mine are a medium brown (they used to be VERY dark brown, but antibiotics fucked them all up. sigh), and my friends tend to have grey eyes. which is weird. how do i find all these grey eyed people? my middle-to-high school boyfriend had eyes that were brown, blue, grey and green speckled.
*blink* Wow! Have you had people with blue eyes be mean to you? Or is it all that you don't find it natural. You got me all curious now.
I love speckled eyes. I have some gold speckles in mine that I'm quite fond of.
The poor lonesome sheep! =)
You know I've dated only one or two people with blue eyes. And I've got blue eyes. I think blue eyes are waning in the gene pool.
That sheep rocks my world. ;)
Interesting. *nod* It really is. I wonder if this blue eyed interest was always present or if it's just instinctual now.
I have hazel eyes (about an even mix of distinct green and brown parts if you look closely), but my mom and my dad both have blue eyes. How does this work?
Also, I have noticed that the number one type of look I'm attracted to: dark hair with blue eyes.
Could the attraction have more to do with unconciously being interested in people who look more like your parents than with the actual color of the eyes (since the blue-eyed guy will undoubtedly have two blue-eyed parents)?
It could be. Or it could be that your recessive genes are like "I want a chance to be blue! Give me a chance! Have a baby, give me a chance!" I don't know. lol.. though I kinda like the iamge..
I've always wanted to marry a blue-eyed boy because my blue eyes are one of my favorite things about me. After meeting my birth sisters and seeing their pretty green eyes I could go for that too. Then, of course, the universe hates me and I fell in love with a brown-eyed boy (o:
Aww, well maybe you'll have blue eyed babies. It could happen. :)