On Girls Who Read All Day:
Sometimes the best part of going to the beach can be bringing a Cosmo, Glamour, or awesome summer page-turner and spending the whole day reading. We asked the guys if they’d be willing to approach a girl who did exactly this. A few confident boys said they definitely would – apparently they think they themselves would be more entertaining than the latest People. A few others said no way; it’d be awkward to interrupt her, especially if she seemed to be enjoying reading. The majority though – 70 percent – said if they made eye contact or she had looked in their direction, they might give it a shot. The part to take notes on here is that even if you’re relaxing or reading a book, take a break from having your head in the pages: look up, check for cuties, take a walk, smile at the boys walking by. If you look open to a conversation (and not totally invested in that book – even though it’s super awesome), you might just have a visitor stop by.
On Wearing Big Floppy Beach Hats:
They might be all over the celeb scene, but our down-to-earth college guys aren’t fans of girls sporting a big beach hat. One guy was easy-going enough to be a little more accepting of our trendy choices. Eugene, Syracuse University ’12, said, “I'm indifferent. If they're comfortable wearing it or they like it for whatever reason then that's fine. I personally think they're a little excessive though.” The rest of our guys gave answers like “whack” and “not a fan.” Sathya, a University of North Carolina recent alumnus, said that for him, hats are “kind of like bracelets – accessories that don't do anything for me.” If you’re not looking for a guy at the beach, or already have a cutie locked up, we say don’t worry about the responses from our surveyed guys. If you’re looking to meet someone, though, maybe keep the hat reserved just for going to and from the beach. You know, boys, those oversized hats are protecting our faces and necks from skin damage!
When it comes to the beach, it’s all about relaxing, and our guys know that, too. “Go to the beach to enjoy yourself,” Max, University of Vermont ’15, said. But, “you have to go in the water at least once.” Ben, University of Alabama ’12, said, “The beach is about fun, so if you’re not having fun, then get off the sand.” A little harsh, yes, but it’s a reminder to let loose a little bit and not worry about finding the perfect body-flattering position to lay in, or even stressing about the right accessories to match your new suit. Take a breather with a magazine or nap on the sand. Then step out of your comfort zone, hit the waves with your boy, or finally learn to throw a Frisbee in a straight line.