Our eyes met and…

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The Japanese have a reputation for not meeting eyes during normal conversation, but what happens when they catch the eye of someone of the opposite sex who they fancy? This was the subject of a ranking survey by goo Ranking, for both men meeting women’s eyes.

Demographics

Over the 25th and 26th of November 2012 1,074 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.4% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 14.7% in their twenties, 26.9% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

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So, what did you do?

Ranking result

Q: What do you unconsciously do when you meet the eyes of a guy you fancy? (Sample size=616, female)

Rank   Score
1 Soon avert my eyes 100
2 Give a little nod 98.1
3 Keep glancing at him 64.6
4 Hang my head in shame 35.4
5 Flash him my best smile 34.9
6 Stare 30.6
7 Check to see if there’s something up with my clothes 21.2
8 Be startled 18.7
9 Boldly strike up a conversation 15.3
10 Check to see if there’s someone behind me 9.1
11 Wave 7.2
12 Soon send email to friends 4.3
13 Surreptitiously pump my fist 2.4
14 Yell “What are you looking at?” 1.0

Q: What do you unconsciously do when you meet the eyes of a girl you fancy? (Sample size=458, male)

Rank   Score
1 Give a little nod 100
2 Soon avert my eyes 78.4
3 Keep glancing at her 67.6
4 Stare 54.7
5 Boldly strike up a conversation 31.1
6 Flash her my best smile 23.0
7= Hang my head in shame 20.9
7= Be startled 20.9
9 Check to see if there’s something up with my clothes 15.5
10 Wave 11.5
11 Check to see if there’s someone behind me 8.8
12 Scowl at her 2.7
13= Yell “What are you looking at?” 2.0
13= Surreptitiously pump my fist 2.0
15 Soon send email to friends 0.7
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