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Why is eye contact so uncomfortable?

When eye contact lasts a little too long, it quickly feels uncomfortable. Researchers have discovered why.

More confident
Eye contact makes you more self-aware. This was discovered after the participants of the study were shown several photos. In some photos, a person did not make eye contact in others.

Better self-judgmental ability
After each photo, the participants had to rate their own physical reaction. The participants were clearly better at this after seeing a photo of someone making eye contact with them. When we are exposed to other people's eyes, we are more aware of ourselves.