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June 27, 2009

A disadvantage of having blue eyes

Filed under: Uncategorized — theotheri @ 8:30 pm
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Did you ever notice that blue-eyed people tend to be more shy than brown-eyed people?  I never did, but now that I think about it, I’m not surprised.

Not just because I have blue eyes and am uneasy in situations where I have to make small talk.  I do know a lot of blue-eyed people who in one way or other fit this category too.

A recent paper by two economists at the University of Oslo found that 30% of preschool boys with blue eyes were “socially wary,” compared to only 3% of those with brown, green, or grey eyes.

And when blue-eyed children get a little older, they are more apt to use alcohol and binge drinking as a coping strategy in the face of the anxiety of social situations.

I guess I should be glad that alcohol makes my joints so sore that I am rarely tempted to deal with my anxiety by self-medicating with alcohol.  The price is just too high the next day.

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  1. Variation in the colour of the eyes from brown to green can all be explained by the amount of melanin in the iris, but blue-eyed individuals only have a small degree of variation in the amount of melanin in their eyes. “From this we can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor,” says Professor Eiberg. “They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA.” Brown-eyed individuals, by contrast, have considerable individual variation in the area of their DNA that controls melanin production.,

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    Comment by Merrill Neizer — March 11, 2013 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

    • Fascinating. I didn’t know that the blue-eyed were that closely related. Thank you for sharing.
      I wonder who the first ancestor was… Any idea?

      Comment by theotheri — March 12, 2013 @ 7:39 am | Reply


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