Our eyes met and…


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.


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
1Soon avert my eyes100
2Give a little nod98.1
3Keep glancing at him64.6
4Hang my head in shame35.4
5Flash him my best smile34.9
7Check to see if there’s something up with my clothes21.2
8Be startled18.7
9Boldly strike up a conversation15.3
10Check to see if there’s someone behind me9.1
12Soon send email to friends4.3
13Surreptitiously pump my fist2.4
14Yell “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
1Give a little nod100
2Soon avert my eyes78.4
3Keep glancing at her67.6
5Boldly strike up a conversation31.1
6Flash her my best smile23.0
7=Hang my head in shame20.9
7=Be startled20.9
9Check to see if there’s something up with my clothes15.5
11Check to see if there’s someone behind me8.8
12Scowl at her2.7
13=Yell “What are you looking at?”2.0
13=Surreptitiously pump my fist2.0
15Soon send email to friends0.7
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