“Do they think that the girl can’t see them looking at them? If the guy thinks the girl he notices is attractive why doesn’t he ask for her number or talk to her instead of staring?”
Oh yes – there are lots of guys who THINK they’re being clever and that you have no idea they are staring at them.
I’m not really sure on the number or a percentage but since I’ve probably been caught without knowing it and I’ve known guys to do it too, then I’m pretty sure we’re out there.
There’s more to this though – lots of us guys WANT to get caught.
We want you to notice.
This is our little way of saying,
“Hey You! Nice! I like what I see. Come here!”
You can insert some clever little pickup lines there if you want to because, believe it or not, minus the whistling many of us are basically do the same thing anyways.
The “catch me please” is our way of saying,
“Please approach me first. It’s just easier that way.”
We will lock eyes with you and watch you pass by and when nothing happens we either get pissed about it, sometimes a little upset, but mostly disappointed because we didn’t meet.
Granted – some guys are taken and they’re just looking.
Some guys are scared. They’ll get the urge and think this time’s different but when the moment arrives we do nothing about it. Making it even tougher the next time.
Imagine all those failed attempts added up over years and you can see why it’s get more difficult.
Some guys don’t actually even know they’re doing it. They become de-focused by focusing too much on you. The world around them blurs until they snap out of it and just move on without thinking twice about it.
Sort of like when you’re driving somewhere and just after you get to your destination you look back and think, “Wow. I don’t even remember the drive here.”
The problem with all non-interaction stuff ( or guys thinking you’re attractive but not doing anything about it ) is on both ends.
When you notice we’re staring it can be rather startling can’t it?
You’re caught off guard and you don’t know what to do.
It’s that physical reaction we see which is more often than not taken as a cold rejection before we open our mouths.
If we forget to smile – or you don’t smile back – the effect is the same.
Either we make you nervous and confused or we’re nervous and confused and so both of us quickly shrink back inside our heads to contemplate not what is happening, but what JUST happened.
The “just happened” part means it’s too late and the moment passed by.
Sad to think if we all just take the second to understand what is happening in that exact moment – we’d all meet a little more, wouldn’t we?
I see this happen just about everyday in my world and I can hear it from lots of guys too…
The typical area I find myself in ( where it’s wide open to meet people ) is the market. We ALL eat and it’s no coincidence the market can be seen as a MEAT market for men and women. 🙂
Here are some of the reactions I get from women:
One stares back but sort of looks like she’s caught in some headlight – hard to approach a girl when she looks kind of scared.
One darts her eyes away quickly and races by – hard to approach a girl who runs away. Makes us feel like our stares made her believe she’s prey.
One pretends not to notice. Looks down left, right, acts like she need to read something from a package as if the ingredients will spare her from an anxious moment – hard to approach a woman who appears to be doing anything and everything to avoid making the important after eye-contact.
One ( this one’s the worst ) keeps her eyes high as if everything she needs is always on the top shelf. These “top-shelf-starers”make it feel like to us that she thinks she’s above us and everything in the world – hard t approach a woman who is acting like she’s better than us.
The next group is what I call “the phone huggers” – Always chatting and barely ( at least noticeably ) paying attention to anything which might be going on around them – hard to approach a woman who is in the middle of a conversation, that would be rude, wouldn’t it?
Now you can imagine it doesn’t have to be in a market for any of that to happen.
Those reactions are found everywhere and are in part a big reason why guys will fall back to the “stare and hope” approach.
That’s the approach where we’re hoping THIS day’s going to be different…
That’s the rare event where BOTH OF US disregard our nervousness or self-conscious thoughts, give even a hint of inviting body language, something, anything to make the transition easier on both sides to begin some kind of rambling conversation.
Something which actually could lead to a phone number or a fun interaction because we hit it off.
All of this makes me believe this is WHY us guys WANT to get caught… we know you can see it and we’re waiting to see how you react.
Whereas way too many of us internalize or don’t see the bigger picture, often your reaction is merely just an extension of what we’re used to seeing AND a reflection of our confidence.
Meaning, I know from personal experience most of the time how you respond to it has little or nothing to do with us personally.
Just as the “man list” above…
Sometimes you’re in a relationship, married, or unavailable.
Sometimes you don’t feel attractive and can’t understand why a guy would be checking you out.
Sometimes you think it’s OUR sole responsibility to approach you and if we don’t,, then we either are not interested or attracted to you and are staring for some terrible reason.
Sometimes you get so nervous and self-conscious and this happens so much you use THAT to avoid being approached.
Maybe your experience tells you the only guys who do approach you are creepy, sleazy, players, flirting old men, or guys who don’t have a chance with you anyways, so the “phone hugging” techniques works as a “dude repellent” or the “top-shelf stares” make you invisible to us.
Sometimes – you’re having a bad day.
Perhaps just got out of long and tiring hurtful relationship.
Too many bills to think about paying which are piling up.
Tired because you didn’t sleep well.
That time of the month and it’s not been an easy one…
Whatever brought you to just not feel yourself that day ( and these days happen way too much to all of us way too much ) it is OUR fault to believe we have anything to do with anything you’ve experienced and everything you’re feeling that day.
The guys who DO take it too personal – or have no experience starting a conversation with an attractive stranger – who don’t feel very much well liked by women in general – well lots of them not only see your every reaction as if it has something to do with them…
They figure, well she can’t stop me from staring at her, she IS dressed that way, or again maybe THIS time will be different… or screw it if I get caught she wouldn’t like me anyways.
We each play our part in all this back and forth staring with no outcome, interaction, conversation, phone number, or once in a rare while the perfect ending of an instant date.
Most of the time we KNOW you can see it.
We WANT you to notice.
We WANT you to stare back and let us know the same “eye pickup” line we’re kind of saying to you,
“Hey You! Nice! I like what I see. Come here!” 😀