September 9, 2009 at 11:32 am | Posted in Mind, People, Sight, Society | Leave a comment
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‘Sarah Connor?’

One of the most exhausting elements of face-to-face communication is ‘eye work’.

It’s hard enough to look someone in the eye.

If you do, you run the risk of overdoing the intensity and/or duration of your gaze – both of which can freak out the other person.

If you look down, away or at a distant object, the other person may take offence or think you’re hiding something.

If you expend effort trying to calculate, monitor and optimise your stare, you’ll have difficulty keeping track of who said what and when.

Conversations are infinitely easier when you’re driving a vehicle. You have the best reason to look ahead and the other person has no expectation of eye contact.

So, if someone wants a heart to heart with you, take them for a spin on a long, lonely country road.

Ideally at night.

In the rain.


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