A shocking new scientific study conducted by the University of Washington and Cornell University found that – more often than not – people are able to accurately determine a person’s sexual preference based on nothing more than a fleeting glance.
Their findings were published in the Online Journal PLoS ONE, and appear to substantiate long held beliefs that most people have an inherent “gaydar" - and ability that allows them to sort potential partners into gay and not gay categories.
During the study, student subjects were asked to make a rapid judgment about a person’s sexuality based on a 50 millisecond glimpse of a photograph. The photos displayed were black-and-white and showed only the person’s face – no hairstyles, glasses, makeup, etc.
Researchers were astonished to find that students guessed correctly more than half the time, though the results were skewed a bit based on gender. Subjects judging men only guessed right 57% of the time, while those judging women were able to accurately sort the lesbians over two-thirds of the time.
The study has been rigorously peer-reviewed. The researchers involved examined 129 different student subjects with a 2.5% margin of error. Some academics are now exploring evolutionary explanations for this seemingly inborn ability to judge sexual orientation.