People Making Less Eye Contact

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Looking people in the eye is losing popularity, which is not a great thing because it’s a pretty powerful communication tool.

Looking people in the eye is losing popularity, which is not a great thing because it’s a pretty powerful communication tool.

A Texas-based analytics company reported that during conversations adults make eye contact 30 to 60 percent of the time. In order to foster a feeling of emotional connection, 60 to 70 percent is needed.

Experts believe a big reason for the decline is the increased use of mobile devices.

Between people’s desires to multitask and the diminished need for physical presence at a job or in a meeting, face-to-face conversations aren’t what they used to be.

In person social situations are being affected as well, as breaking eye contact and conversation to check one’s phone for texts, posts, and tweets has become more common.

Locking eyes say a lot. Confidence, respect, conviction, and status are all conveyed by a steady gaze.

Don’t stare, though – that’s creepy. Prolonged looking is often perceived as a threat and can make people feel uncomfortable. It also sends off signals of dishonesty, as forcing extended eye contact is often used for deceitful purposes.

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