It’s estimated that approximately 8% of the world’s population has blue eyes.
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.
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 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.
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.
I have blue eyes. I don’t drink and I don’t suffer from bipolar or schizophrenia. As to whether I handle pain better than people with different colored eyes, I just find that hard to believe — especially after the 36 hours it took to bring my son into the world, which I assure you, was pretty damn painful. But I do believe that if you have blue eyes, our ancestors are probably related. Hello, cousin. 🙂