On the other hand, if they have trouble holding eye contact, it means that they don't look at you for longer than 2-3 seconds, and more often than not, they're not looking directly at you
(note: this doesn't mean they're not paying attention to you; they're still listening to you and engaging in conversation).
- Intense and frequent staring would make a worse impression on me.
- Lack of eye contact would make a worse impression on me.
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Intense and frequent staring would make a worse impression on me.
Personally I find eye contact is very intense. If this isn't someone I am regularly seeing, to hold eye contact for that long would be a little intimidating.
On the other hand, not holding eye contact would signal to me that the other person is probably nervous. As long as they're paying attention and engaging in conversation, it doesn't matter much that they're not making eye contact.
To be honest, I feel like I often have trouble holding eye contact so maybe that's why it wouldn't be that big of a deal to me.1