The Importance Of Eye Contact In Social Settings

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locking eyes with the person asking the questions. Navarro (2009) points out that there is no research to prove this myth and that it is more likely anxiety or nervousness that prevents the person from looking directly at the person asking the question. Navarro (2009) also points out many other subtleties that go with eye movements such as rapid or slow blinking and what they mean.

Eye Contact in Social Settings

In his article about eye contact studies, also known as Oculesics, Anderson (2015) states that studies conducted over many years by different researchers have come to a consensus about how eye contact is perceived. Looking someone directly in the eye especially when you or they are talking is considered polite because it shows attention is being given even if that isn’t the case inside the person’s head. Sometimes eye contact can also be misleading. The example given in the popular press proposal about the neighbor asking your help to move and you don’t want to but yet say yes, it is an example of misleading. A common myth however is that because a person isn’t directly looking at a person when they are talking, you are being rude and not listening. However there is no research that can validate this myth. There are many people who actually listen better when they are tinkering with an object and even looking away. The other social aspect, especially in Asian cultures, is considered to be rude by showing little to no eye contact, especially during a handshake.
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