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?
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. Repeat.
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.
Confusion. And they have no one else they feel they can ask, so they ask us. And we're left scratching our heads. I have as good a chance of predicting the correct answer to that as I do of predicting if the next Roulette Dorito will be spicy or not. *munch* Yup yup. That was spicy. o. O
I think it's desperation. When people have a crush on someone they reach a different mind state. Love makes you blind and can yes, make you stupid to a certain degree because you keep wanting to see things that might not be there. I try to have some understanding on these kinds of questions cause I realize I've been in love too and might have tried to ask stuff like that too without realizing it how silly I sound.
Those questions are annoying and I see them way too often so I would hate to think that there are so many people that are so clueless that they can't tell if someone is interested especially if they can't stop staring or asked for your number. Yesterday I saw a 40 year old woman ask if a guy she worked with liked her she said he asked her out for lunch and always compliments her so its not just the younger ones