View Full Version : Do you notice/remember people's eye colour? (poll)

07-19-2008, 01:25 PM
One thing I have noticed in myself and that I don't really know whether it is commonplace or really weird:

I don't seem to pay attention to the colour of people's eyes - something that not always but frequently crops up when people describe other people's physical appearance.

I.e. for my nearest and dearest (including my parents and my brother), and for other people I have known long enough so I could easily write half a page to a page's worth on their physical appearance, facial features, walk, mannerisms, voice, apparent and real hair colours, taste in clothing, hue and texture of skin etc, I could not name their eye colour to save my life (except that it's probably not bright orange or something, because I would probably have noticed that). It just doesn't seem to be an important datum to me, for some reason. (yellowing or bloodshot sclera I do notice, also impressive eyebrows etc - it's not as if I don't look people in the face).

So, a question to others: for people of whom you could give a good physical description, could you also state their eye colour?

Rascal's Mom
07-19-2008, 01:36 PM
If they have brown eyes, yes. Lighter eyes, not necessarily, unless they are of a particularly bright hue.

If someone has dark brown eyes, their attractiveness quotient skyrockets in my estimation.

07-19-2008, 03:21 PM
I don't even know my own eye colour

07-19-2008, 03:30 PM
I notice it pretty quickly. Blue or green eyes are very, very attractive to me, and brown eyes much less so, so I notice them readily.

07-19-2008, 03:32 PM
I think I saw a study somewhere that women notice eye color in far greater number than men do.

07-19-2008, 03:38 PM
I'm a woman and very rarely notice. Only people whose eye color I actually do know offhand are my immediate family and my boyfriend.

Sophistry and Illusion
07-19-2008, 04:26 PM
No. I know the eye color of four people in the entire world: my wife, my sister, my dad, and my daughter. Like ticker, I'm not 100% sure of my own. My driver's license says brown, but I think there's some other colors mixed in; I haven't really bothered to notice.

07-19-2008, 05:53 PM
Unless it is an unusual colour, no. I just never much paid attention to it. There was one guy in my high school who was insanely popular with the girls. While I thought he was a nice enough guy and somewhat cute, his appeal was lost on me. Finally a friend pointed out that his appeal was in the fact that he had blond hair and brown eyes. I still couldn't tell you for sure what colour his eyes were. Meh.

07-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Rarely notice, unless it is unusual ( often contacts when I do notice, i.e. unnaturally brilliant blues ). Remember about as often as I notice. I know mine and that of my parents, but if you asked me the colors of my friends' eyes, I suspect as often as not I'd be guessing based on hair color rather than truly remembering.

But then I'm a bit dense about a lot of observational details. I rarely ever notice anyone's footwear, for example.

ETA: Oddly enough I'm very cognizant of the color of my cats' eyes. But that is down to me being interested by cat color genetics, where the genes for coat colors also code for a specific range of eye colors. So scientific geekiness in that case ( rather than pathetic cat-lady obsessiveness - I hope :p ).

07-19-2008, 08:57 PM
Yes, I do notice and remember.

Sophistry and Illusion
07-19-2008, 09:13 PM
But then I'm a bit dense about a lot of observational details. I rarely ever notice anyone's footwear, for example.
That counts as dense? Christ, I must be borderline comatose. I don't notice hair color, shirt color (or really what the person is wearing at all), much less what shoes they are wearing. I tell my wife it's because I'm too busy thinking deep thoughts. Somehow, she's not buying it.

An Gada
07-19-2008, 09:15 PM
Very rarely. In my experience women tend to notice eye colour more often than men. My GF pointed out that I had blue eyes and that everyone in the family does too. I hadn't noticed nor thought about it before.

Harmonious Discord
07-19-2008, 09:25 PM
Before the last ten years I knew all the colors of the families eyes and many friends. Now that my memory is less robust, I know the color of three people's eyes and one is me.

07-19-2008, 09:55 PM
No (and I'm female). Recently I've begun to believe that I have a mild form of face-blindness. I have to see someone on a daily or near-daily basis for a long time before I can recognize them. I'd make a terrible eyewitness -- I used to marvel at books and T.V. shows in which crime witnesses gave detailed descriptions to police sketch artists, because the whole concept of being able to do that was completely beyond my personal experience.

The one thing I do recognize is hair color and style. We once had a temp worker who regularly changed her hairstyle, complete with color. The third time I introduced myself to her, she got a little exasperated, but to me, she was a complete stranger without her old hair.

Probably a topic for another thread, but I am also completely oblivious to breast size. I didn't even realize that it was a way to categorize women until I got into some online TV discussions. I still have no idea whether my closest friends have large or small breasts.

Heh, while I was waiting for preview to come up, I was checking out another thread, and read this:originally posted by freekalette in the celebrity gossip thread
Women have this complex where they feel they have to compare themselves to other women. We immediately notice whose breasts are larger/smaller than ours...That's bizarre to me, and something I didn't even know existed until I got online.

07-19-2008, 09:58 PM
Nope, I never notice. I didn't even know my own until I admitted this to my girlfriend and she has started telling me somewhat frequently. So far, my eyes have looked blue, green, hazel, and gray, according to her. Depends on the light.

She has brown eyes.

07-19-2008, 10:19 PM
I'll notice it if their eyes are striking in some way, but won't remember it, or consider it a significant part of who they are in thinking back on them. I couldn't tell you what colour eyes any of my friends have.

07-20-2008, 01:56 PM
I notice brown eyes more readily than other colors. I'm sure it's due to finding brown eyes more appealing than other colors too (not to mention I notice guy's eyes more readily than women's).

07-20-2008, 02:00 PM
I couldn't even tell you the color of my children's eyes. I notice deep brown eyes, but that's it.

Monstera deliciosa
07-20-2008, 02:34 PM
No, I don't tend to notice eye color, and am terrible at remembering once I do notice. Because I was embarrassed about this, I recently made a concerted effort to notice and remember my husband's eye color (hazel). We've been married five years, and until a month or so ago, I wouldn't have been able to say for certain. I would have been able to say that his eyes were sweet and expressive, but color :confused:

I think my eye-color blindness is due in part to my being African-American, as well as growing up in a neighborhood where the other most prominent ethnic group was Italian-American. Since the majority of eyes among the people I saw most often when I was young were some variation of brown, eye color didn't register as something worth noticing.

07-20-2008, 07:55 PM
Male. No. I have blue eyes.

It's such a small, insignificant detail. I don't see why anyone places any importance on it unless the color is unusual, like violet.

07-20-2008, 08:11 PM
I don't notice people's eye colour.

07-20-2008, 08:14 PM
Actually, I tend to. I've got grey eyes (gotten a lot of comments about them, in that they are very pale grey and appear nearly white when the sun hits them). My parents have both got blue eyes, with my mother's a somewhat darker shade. My best (girl) friend has dark brown eyes, her boyfriend (one of my best friends) has pale blue eyes, yv, one of my other best friends, has huge hazel brown eyes. My immediate boss has brown eyes, while my management boss has green, all the three guys I work with have brown eyes while one girl has blue and the other a very pale green.

For me this is on par with hair colours. Not important, but I remember it.

07-20-2008, 08:17 PM
I don't notice either. My theory is that you can't look into and at something, at the same time.

edit. Like a window. If you're looking through it, you probably won't notice if the glass is old and rippled, or safety glass, or whatever. You have to shift your focus to do that.

Oslo Ostragoth
07-21-2008, 01:01 AM
Battleship gray eyes. I have seen them twice in my life. In the food line at the dorms in college, and on a flight attendant a few years later.

Any female Doper with those should contact me at her earliest convenience.

Freudian Slit
07-21-2008, 01:03 AM
I'm female, and I have no idea what anyone's eye color is. I could guess and maybe be right, but that's only because there's not really *that* many eye colors out there.

Gala Matrix Fire
07-21-2008, 06:08 AM
What Rascal's Mom said.

Justin Credible
07-21-2008, 07:13 AM
If they have brown eyes, yes. Lighter eyes, not necessarily, unless they are of a particularly bright hue.

If someone has dark brown eyes, their attractiveness quotient skyrockets in my estimation.

I have dark brown eyes. :cool:

I don't notice eye color either. My wife sometimes makes fun of me for not noticing things about people. I just don't. If I'm talking to someone and they walk away, if you were to ask me their eye color or what shirt they were wairing or something, I won't be able to tell you. I think I'm more of a teeth person. I do usually notice when a person has nice teeth.

07-21-2008, 08:12 AM
I only notice eye color if the color is unusually pure. But I'm turned off if the color is due to colored contacts. I can only remember those with pure-colored eyes. Come to think of it, I can't remember seeing anyone with truly green eyes. The deep, natural colors that I have seen have been blue and dark brown.

07-21-2008, 09:18 AM
I don't even know my own eye colour

Heh, me too. Actually my eyes are kinda hard to describe. Mostly grayish-blue, but with hints of brown toward the pupil. Depending on conditions they can have quite different look. I used to bug people with that asking them what is the color of my eyes. Usually they take a look and after long pause start "Umm, I think they're gray/blue/brown/any combination of these".

As to the OP, I usually notice, but not remember. Can tell if they were bright/dark, but exact color beats me. Of course some are characteristic enough to remember.

Not that I care much. Colored contacts are so popular now.

07-21-2008, 09:54 AM
Nope, not at all. I mean, NOT AT ALL. I had to specifically make myself pay attention to my wife's eye color, in fear of losing MY eyes.

I couldn't tell you anyone else's eye color, except my own and Paul Newman's (brown, right? ;) ) I don't notice shoes either, nor if someone's outfit "matches." I'm just horrible at it. If my wife asks me if two items of clothing "go together," I sigh, roll my eyes, and try my best. She actually knows that I have trouble with this, but respects my opinions anyway, for some reason...


07-21-2008, 09:55 AM
I don't know my own either, but I would know the general tone of people's eyes (blue, brown, mixed). I do remember a couple of people's because they are unusual (brown with flecks of green, piercing blue, etc.).

Mama Zappa
07-21-2008, 03:13 PM
Mine are green but not vividly so. Typo's are hazel - brown with hints of green.

I have no clue what color my kids' eyes are.

Wait, that sounds awful! I do, really, just don't know how to describe it: They're sort of a muddled combination of brown and gray, neither one nor the other. If I have to say what color they are, I say they're hazel.

So no, I really don't pay much attention to eye color unless it's something striking.