Variations of that question have been asked on GAG countless times. Do these people understand that no one can answer that question with any real accuracy. People who answer these questions should simply flip a coin, heads the person likes the person, tails the person doesn't like the person. That is as good a way of answering that question as any other.
What drives people to ask a question like that? Naivete, desperation, stupidity, ignorance etc?
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The stages of crushing on someone:
Stage 1) Oh man she is way out of my league. I should try to get to know her more at least. I still have a shot.
Stage 2) *sees her being friendly* Wow, she actually may like me.
Stage 3) *twist her actions into making me think that she is paying more attention to me then other people* Wait, what happens if she likes me and is just waiting for me to make a move?
Stage 4) Who am I kidding. She is way out of my league and is just being friendly to me because she is a friendly person.
It is the fact that since you are crushing on them, you are wanting them to like you back. It is a well known thought that "Hey, if they are paying attention to me more than other people, they probably like me." The problem is we twist their actions to make it look like our crush is paying attention to us more. Since staring = a small form of paying attention, we are hoping they are staring at us more than anyone else. About 75% of the time though, it means absolutely nothing. So yes, it is in part naivety, but it is also the human mind playing mind games. I wouldn't go so far as to call it stupidity though.
TL;Dr; Everyone just is wanting some lovin'0