Blue eyes are like the sea, they say, because people often get lost in them. While some cultures see people with blue eyes as being under some sort of curse, blue eyes are seen as an ideal of beauty throughout the Western world, a standard that most countries influenced by Western culture have started to abide by. There is a total of 13 gene variations that decide a person’s eye color, genes that also decide a series of other health aspects in each individual.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that people with a certain eye color all share a series of characteristics that manifest themselves repeatedly throughout their lives.
This being said, here are the 15 most common characteristics of people with blue eyes.
Men with blue eyes find blue-eyed women irresistible
Interestingly enough, studies show that men with blue eyes are very attracted to women who share their eye color. In studies, blue-eyed men who were presented with pictures of equally-attractive women gave higher visual grades to those with blue eyes. Some suggest that this might be an evolutionary and unconscious reflex to mate with females who share their physical characteristics.
They tolerate pain well
According to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, light-eyed women handle pain better than women with dark eyes. Unfortunately, nobody really knows why this is or how this applies to men with similar eye color. As a matter of fact, there is quite an urban legend associated with the fact that women with blue eyes go through childbirth much better than women with dark eyes.
People with blue eyes are melanin deficient
On average, most people with blue eyes are sensitive to UV rays, having real difficulties handling sunny days. Genetically speaking, blue-eyed people have less melanin than people with darker colored eyes, which also means that blue eyes are more sensitive to light. It also appears that people with blue eyes like wearing really dark sunglasses for the same reason.
They are good strategic thinkers
Scientists believe that eye color may determine to some extent how much a person achieves in life. Studies have shown that a majority of people with blue eyes are better at matters involving strategic thinkers than people with dark colored eyes. They are also more likely to sparkle academically than people with brown eyes for example, yet nobody really knows why. On average, blue-eyed people excel in activities that require self-pacing and strategic thinking.
People with blue eyes get used to new things slowly
Researchers at Berkeley University have found that blue-eyed children are wearier of trying new things than children with darker colored eyes. It seems that young people with blue eyes are also much shyer than brown-eyed people in the same age group. Again, nobody really knows why this is, but that it definitely has something to do with the genes that determine a person’s eye color to begin with.
They might have different colored eyes
People with blue eyes are more prone to suffer from Waardenburg syndrome which causes a person’s eyes to be of two different colors. While blue-eyed people aren’t the only ones who may be affected by this particular issue, they are almost 50% more likely to do so. Furthermore, Waardenburg syndrome also causes very pale blue eyes in the first place, meaning that some of the people with blue eyes might be blue-eyed not because of their genetic predisposition but due to this particular syndrome.
Black people can also have blue eyes
Interestingly enough, despite being extremely rare, some black people are in fact born with blue eyes. The reasons for this are several – they could be affected by Waardenburg syndrome, they might be suffering from a mild form of albinism, or they might have inherited from their ancient African ancestors who interbred with whites. Needless to say, you are unlikely to find many black people with blue eyes around these days.
Some people don’t trust blue eyes
Another quite interesting study has shown that up to 20% of all people have a natural predisposition to distrust blue-eyed people. This is also interesting considering the fact that attractive people are generally more trustworthy and that blue-eyed people are generally considered more attractive than most. Again, this might be a strange evolutionary development aimed at protecting a person against things their reptilian brain considers unnatural.
People with blue eyes have poor reflexes
In 1987, a group of researchers studying the effects of eye color and motor performance on physical education activities concluded that children with blue eyes have slower reflexes on average than children with brown eyes. During the study, they found out that blue-eyed children showed slower reaction times when playing football, baseball, basketball, or boxing. Needless to say, we do not yet know enough about the human genome to determine why this is.
Blue-eyed people are more attractive
Whether it is natural or if the many Hollywood productions involving blue-eyed actors had something to do with this, we do not know. What we do know is that people with blue eyes are generally considered more attractive than people with dark colored eyes. Many studies have been performed and they all concluded the same thing – that a majority of all people consider those with blue eyes to be slightly more attractive on average than people with brown or hazel eyes.
They are hesitant
People with blue eyes are known to be more attractive on average, but they are also more hesitant than people with differently colored eyes. People with hazel eyes, for example, are known for taking initiative more, while also being more impulsive by nature. Blue-eyed people, on the other hand, have time after time displayed a hesitant nature, which interestingly enough, is believed to be a result of how rare they are in society.
People with blue eyes are prone to suffer from diabetes
Italian researchers have found recently that blue-eyed people are 12% more likely to develop diabetes throughout their lives than people with dark colored eyes. It appears that the very same genes who determine a person’s eye color also determine how resistant they are to diabetes and a couple of other chronic diseases. So not only are people with blue eyes more sensitive to light, but they’re also at risk to suffer from diabetes at some point.
People with blue eyes are all related
Researchers in Denmark concluded that every blue-eyed person in the world right now is related in one way or another. They say that blue eyes are a result of a mutation that took place at some point during the last 10,000 years. Before that, a majority of all people had brown eyes whereas only a few displayed light colored eyes. Furthermore, it is believed that blue eyes originated from a single mutation that occurred somewhere near the Black Sea.
They are more likely to be alcoholics
Yes, scientists around the world have a problem with blue-eyed people apparently, why else would they look for things that are wrong with them so persistently? According to a recent study that involved more than 12 thousand Americans, it was revealed that people with blue eyes are more likely to be alcoholics. Many of them have also shown signs of suffering from at least one psychiatric illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorders. There you have it folks, people with blue eyes are crazy alcoholics apparently.
People with blue eyes are more likely to get cancer
Remember earlier when we talked about how blue-eyed people are melanin deficient thus more likely to suffer from the effects of UV rays? Well, it is well-known that exposure to sunlight may cause skin cancer after long periods of exposure. What most people don’t know is that melanin deficiency also accelerates the development of skin cancer, a type of cancer that mostly affects people with light skin and blue eyes.