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Eye Contact II

Two men staring each other in the eye during a political argument.

Eye contact is an event in which two people look at each other’s eyes at the same time. It is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a large influence on social behaviour . Frequency and interpretation of eye contact vary between cultures and species. The study of eye contact is sometimes known as oculesics.

Eye contact and facial expressions provide important social and emotional information; people, perhaps without consciously doing so, probe each other’s eyes and faces for positive or negative mood signs. In some contexts, the meeting of eyes arouses strong emotions.

In some parts of the world, particularly in east asia, eye contact can provoke misunderstandings between people of different nationalities. Keeping direct eye contact with a work supervisor or elderly people leads them to assume you are being aggressive and rude — the opposite reaction of most western societies.

Eye contact is also an important element in flirting, where it may serve to establish and gauge the other’s interest in some situations.

In Islam, muslims often lower their gase and try not to focus on the opposite sex’s faces and eyes after the initial first eye contact, other than their legitimate partners or family members, in order to avoid potential unwanted desires. Lustful glances to those of the opposite sex, young or adult, are also prohibited. This means that eye contact between any man and woman is allowed only for a second or two. This is a must in most Islamic schools, with some exceptions depending on the case, like when teaching, testifying, or looking at a girl for marriage. If allowed, it is only allowed under the general rule: “No-Desire”, clean eye-contact. Otherwise, it is not allowed, and considered “adultery of the eyes”.

In many cultures it is respectful to not look the dominant person in the eye, but in western culture this can be interpreted as being “shifty-eyed”, and the person judged badly because “he wouldn’t look me in the eye”.

in adults, eye contact shows personal involvement and creates intimate bonds. Mutual gaze narrows the physical gap between humans.


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