Why Eye Contact Matters
Do you realize that eye contact can increase feelings of connection? A study in the journal Psychological Science (2012; 23 , 166-168) found that humans have an important need to feel like they are part of a group, and in the study conducted at Purdue University, something as simple as direct eye contact can make people feel more connected. The study observed individuals and their response to eye contact from strangers, or the lack of it, as the strangers walked by. The researchers found that the subjects experienced a momentary effect of either “feeling included” or “feeling ignored and left out.”
Think about how you feel when someone talks to you and looks directly into your eyes, instead of looking down or away during the interaction. This positive behavior helps you to really connect with someone, and can be applied in your professional life as well as your social interactions.