The Science of Sex Appeal
You see him walking into the room and things just seem to get brighter. He’s just walking, nothing special, but something so strange makes
you feel so attracted. She’s just sitting there with her friends laughing about something you don’t seem to understand. Her smile bright, and something nice
about the way she looks ; you can’t help but feel attracted.
Why does this happen to us? Why do we suddenly become so attracted to people? What is it about some people that catches our eyes and why is it that different people find different things attractive? As college students we definitely have experienced scenarios like the ones presented above. Although our scenarios may differ in detail, we all have in some way found our selves in a position where we can’t help but feel attracted to that person.
Recently this past weekend I watched a very interesting documentary on this subject. The document was called the Science of Sex Appeal and it gave some very formal answers to the question presented. The documentary ultimately stated humans have this innate biological desire to reproduce, produce healthy offspring and pass on their genes to the next generation. Though this seems like a obvious fact, thisstatement really dwells into the ideas of evolutionary times suggesting the fact that the fittest survive.
The key word in this statement is healthy. This documentary suggested that we have this innate ability to seek out health in one another, which in turn leads to seeking out good genes. This is what we innately find attractive. Yes personality and other factors do come into play when two people start to get to know each other, but the first impressions are always looks and looks can dictate health. A symmetrical face for example shows good health and attractiveness as well as clear skin. Ultimately in a strange way we are all programmed to seek out these factors almost instantaneously and that is what makes us attracted to one another. This pattern however differs from person to person, and it is due to psychological factors and the type of environment this person has been brought up around. Also another interesting fact that this documentary presented was that it takes human beings less than just a few seconds to determine whether or not someone was attractive. This just goes to show that humans are the ultimate scanning machine for good health and good genes. Overall I found this documentary to be extremely interesting, and I would like your take on it. If any of you have
time you should really watch some clips from the documentary presented here. Let me know what you all think.