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What Men See When They Look at Boobs, According to Science

The way some men look at breasts could say a lot about their income and desire to become dads.

Why do men like boobs? While the general allure of women’s breasts isn’t a huge mystery – they’ve provided sustenance for babies since the beginning of time – they also provide a source of occasional awe for guys who like looking at boobs. But the science behind why men are attracted to breasts shows that men’s relationship with them is more complicated than just keeping their eyes “up there.” Some guys might love and be turned on by staring at big boobs. Plenty more prefer breasts that are average in size. While there’s no right or wrong predilection, what you find attractive may reveal surprising things about other parts of your life, from financial security to fatherhood. In fact, how you perceive female boobs could make the difference between you being poor, hungry, or healthy, research suggests. Like breasts, studies on how men relate to them come in all shapes and sizes. Some are more robust than others. But the following should at least give you something constructive to ogle as you ask yourself the very important question: But why do guys like boobs?

Most Guys Like Average Boob Sizes

Average breasts for the win! While people tend to think that larger breasts usually take up rent in people’s heads for free, most men actually prefer medium-sized boobs — and so do women, which makes sense considering they’re the ones carrying the load throughout the day. In fact, studies suggest that most men are attracted to breasts that maintain a C average. However, one’s amount of sexual activity can skew this, as these men seem to care far less about the size, one study shows, suggesting a clear case of an omnivorous diet due to supply and demand.

Being a Dad Changes How You Think About Boobs

Preferring larger breasts can indicate many things, but one of the more surprising desires it may represent is for fatherhood, research suggests. The study found that men who did not have kids but wanted them generally lusted after larger boobs, and dudes who had no familial aspirations were content with smaller sets. In this case, dads who like big boobs can breathe a sigh of relief: Your preference doesn’t mean you’re a creep, or sexist, or even hungry, unless it’s referring to a figurative hunger for progeny. When cornered by your partner, calmly explain that it’s a physical manifestation of wanting what’s best for your kids. (Hey, we’re not saying she’ll buy it, but at least it might be the truth.)

How Much Money You Make Influences Boob Preferences

If you’re a guy who likes small boobs, don’t worry — you’re probably just rich, as one paper suggests. Published in The Journal of Socio-Economics, the researchers found that men with less financial stability gravitate toward larger breasts, while wealthier men are more attracted to smaller bozangas. On a biological level, perhaps wealthier men innately sense that they don’t need those extra fatty reserves — they can just grab a steak dinner and call it a night, cocooned within their mounds of cash. Who knew guys might subconsciously size up boobs just for their nourishing potential? 

Don’t View Boobs on an Empty Stomach

Don’t worry, it’s not because you’ll attempt to breastfeed. The aforementioned study also found that boob preferences are broadly related to available resources and that, when men are satiated, they’re less drawn to huge knockers. The study also found that men who prefer big breasts tend to be more sexist than others. Hungry and sexist? It’s going to be a long, lonely night.

Staring at Boobs Might Help You Live Longer

No, you’re eyes have not deceived you: There’s some evidence that staring at boobs may increase a man’s longevity. (Again, we are not suggesting your partner will accept this when you explain it, but it’s still worth a try.) An earlier study found that positive thinking had a positive effect on long-term health choices, particularly when it came to taking blood pressure medication. While not all experts are convinced, many have deduced that looking at boobs is one such way to achieve a positive mental attitude. Another German study concurred that looking at boobs for 10 minutes a day was good for a man’s cardiovascular health. All of these benefits, of course, only exist if the boob-gazing is permitted. Otherwise, staring at boobs on the sly can significantly shorten your life. If you catch our drift.