Sexual chemistry??  

rm_mtnravyn 61M
501 posts
6/25/2006 12:23 pm
Sexual chemistry??

I ran across this article and thought it might be of interest. Personally the age grooup would tend to skew the findings tremendously. What would happen if the same survey was conducted with those in their 30's? 40 and older?

Sexual chemistry may only be in the minds of men

June 20, 2006

Call it ego, machismo or downright delusional behavior, but men are
more likely than women to "oversexualize" conversations and
incorrectly assume sexual interest, a new study says.

Researchers from the University of Connecticut and Elon University
found that after a brief five-minute first meeting, men were more
likely than woman to infer a sexual chemistry, regardless of whether
it was there or not.

"Men were more likely to perceive their partner as sexy and
flirtatious, but that didn't at all correspond with how she saw him or
she saw herself," said Maurice Levesque, co-author of the study.

The research was unclear as to why men were more likely than women to
falsely perceive this sexual dynamic, but other research on the
subject has suggested that men might be mislabeling friendliness, he said.

"Behavior that looks like she is engaged in the conversation, may
actually be taken as signs of sexual interest, as opposed to what she
intends, which is friendliness," he said. "However, for some men, it
may be that they don't even need those cues."

In the study, which is published in the latest issue of Psychology of
Women Quarterly, 43 college men were paired with the same number of
college women, all between the ages of 18 and 22, for a brief
conversation that they were told was for a study concerning
"conversational smoothness."

Each pair was encouraged to have a five-minute conversation about
positive and negative aspects of college life.

Participants then rated themselves and their partners in a follow-up
interview with researchers on personality traits assessing
extroversion and agreeableness, physical attractiveness, and judging
sexual traits, such as flirtatiousness, seductiveness, and promiscuity.

According to their findings, women and men appeared to perceive
"sexiness" in different ways, Levesque said. While women were more
likely to attach sexiness with other attributes, such as extroversion
and friendliness, there seemed to be no correlation between particular
traits and sexiness in the minds of men.

"Initially, we thought to determine whether we could identify what
types of men were prone to do this," Levesque said. While they found
that particularly "masculine" men were no more likely to oversexualize
their conversations, there was a hint that men who self-assessed
themselves as more "sensitive" were less likely to do so, he said.

The researchers also found that men who self-assessed themselves to be
"sexy" were more likely to perceive a sexual dynamic that was not
necessarily there.

The fact that men appear to "oversexualize" more often than their
female counterparts may provide the basis of future studies that
address the roots of sexual harassment and date , Levesque said.

In the meantime, he offers some advice to both genders based on the

"For men, there is a step back here somewhere, where you have to think
about what cues were you are actually getting. Clearly, the first
judgment they are making may not necessarily be accurate," he said.

"For women, be aware this may well be a judgment he is making almost
regardless of what you're doing."

PrincessKarma 45F
6188 posts
7/8/2006 9:41 pm

It certainly does skew the results... men at that age have not really learned to read women's body language and social behavior, nor do they realize that porn is just a fantasy world.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

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