Sitting and Making Eye Contact With Strangers In Public Is Now a Thing

It's supposed to be life-changing. 

It’s called The Human Connection Movement

Because we are so involved and distracted by our phones and computers, an event has been created by one man in Australia where people are invited to sit and stare, or, “share some eye contact with someone you've never before.”

Sound unsettling? Sydney actor Igor Kreyman, who started the movement after a performance art experience that involved staring into a stranger’s eyes, promises it’s life-changing. 

“We're here to change the way people interact with each other,” is how the event is described. “This initiative is about binding people together so that we can collectively co-create a new reality where authenticity and vulnerability is at the essence of each interaction…All the people of the earth are unique and special, and we are here to acknowledge everyone for who they truly are, and break down any barriers that keep us from connecting with each other. So instead of living out of fear and separation we are here to promote love. So if this is something you resonate with you should come to one of our events and share some eye contact with someone you've never before.”

One recent eye- gazing event was held in Melbourne, with invites going out to people on Facebook promising sense of peace and improved self-esteem from the practice.

What happens is that people sit in pairs at the event, and stare at each other intently. People can invite whoever they want to eye-gaze with but don’t speak, and it’s suppose dot be transformative for many reasons. 

Psychology Today explains that eye contact is “one of our most important and primitive means of communication.”

“Gaze plays a crucial role in conversation. Looking at another person is a way of getting feedback on particular points,” PT reports. “It is also used as a synchronizing signal. People tend to look up at the end of utterances: This gives them feedback and hands over the conversational baton. People also look up more at the end of grammatical breaks, but look away when hesitating, talking non-fluently, or thinking. There is often mutual eye contact during attempted interruptions, laughing, and when answering short questions.

“People who seek eye contact while speaking are regarded not only as exceptionally well-disposed by their targets, but also as more believable and earnest. Politicians ‘sweep’ the room with their gaze. Salesmen know to look at each member of their audience. In elevators, we turn to face the door because we stand too close and reducing eye gaze helps reduce the discomfort of having our body zones invaded.”

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