|The eyes, as they say, are the windows to the soul, but does it matter just what color those panes are? Apparently eye color shades people’s perceptions, according to a recent survey conducted by CyberPulse, a division of Impulse Research Corporation in Los Angeles, and commissioned by CIBA Vision (maker of FreshLook® cosmetic contact lenses). The survey, which polled 1,016 women ages 16 to 35 in the United States, found that people often associate different eye colors with specific personality traits. The survey also found that it may be possible for an individual to influence people’s perception of them simply by changing the color of their eyes with colored contact lenses.|
The personality trait respondents most associated with brown eyes was intelligence (34 percent). Brown-eyed people were also thought to be trustworthy (16 percent) and kind (13 percent). Qualities least associated with brown-eyed individuals: shyness (6 percent) and creativity (4 percent).
As for blue eyes, the survey results found they are most often seen as exuding sweetness (42 percent) and sexiness (21 percent) as well as being kind (10 percent), but not shy (4 percent) or trustworthy (2 percent). In contrast to brown eyes, blue eyes are not typically associated with intelligence—only 7 percent of respondents thought of blue-eyed people as intelligent.
People with green eyes were seen as the sexiest (29 percent). Green-eyed people were also thought of as creative (25 percent) and devious (20 percent). Like their blue-eyed counterparts, they are not considered trustworthy (3 percent) or shy (3 percent). And in contrast to those with blue eyes, people with green eyes are not thought of as sweet (4 percent).
Of the respondents, 60 percent expressed an interest in changing their eye color. The most popular color was the most exotic: green (27 percent). In second place, 26 percent of those surveyed said they would change their eye color to the newest FreshLook ColorBlends® color, amethyst, and 18 percent would change their eye color to blue. After blue, turquoise came in fourth place with 13 percent followed by gray at 7 percent. —JM