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Men and women do not understand one another. Shout out to the understatement of the century! Now we can make this statement with date to back it up. According to a study on PLOS ONE detailing men’s misunderstanding of women’s emotions are all in the eyes.

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The study claims men had twice as much trouble deciphering women’s emotions from images of their eyes compared with those of men. Parts of the male brain tied to emotion didn’t fully activate when men looked at women’s eyes. When a man looks into your eyes, he feels basically nothing. So no ladies–men cannot read our minds because they have no idea what we’re feeling! That’s why when you’re out at the bar and you’re simply being friendly with a dude, he misinterprets your kindness for flirtation.

But here’s the disconnect. The study also shows that women prefer a man who tries to understand them. Well, yeah. That sounds about right. But when we know that according to studies, they can’t, we’re fighting a losing battle.

Here’s how the study breaks down:

Boris Schiffer, a researcher at the LWL-University Hospital in Bochum, Germany and his colleagues put 22 men between the ages of 21 and 52, with an average age of 36, in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner, which uses blood flow as a measure of to measure their brain activity.

They then asked the men to look at images of 36 pairs of eyes, half from men and half from women, and guess the emotion the people felt. The men then chose which of two words, such as distrustful or terrified, best described the eyes’ emotion. The eye photographs depicted positive, neutral, and negative emotions.

Men took longer and had more trouble correctly guessing emotion from women’s eyes.

Even though this information is pretty much a given, it’s still interesting to understand how men’s minds work. So the next time you get upset with your boo and you exclaim, “You just don’t get it!” Just know how real your words truly are!

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