Journal and Courier:
As a student at Purdue University, Olivia Maple spends about 40 minutes a day walking back and forth to class on campus. Although she sees passersby, she tries not to make eye contact.
“It’s kind of awkward,” said the 21-year-old senior. “I don’t want them to think I was staring at them for no reason. I just kind of stare off, not looking at anyone in particular.”
In our busy, tech-saturated world, making eye contact can seem like an uncomfortable task, but new research from Purdue shows that even the slightest glance from a stranger can make a person feel more connected. However, being looked through — even by a stranger — makes someone feel more disconnected.
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