Things to Do When Someone is Staring at You

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Herro. (Note: This image is not mine.)

People like to stare at you for a number of reasons. They like the way you look, they don’t like the way you look, you have something on your face, etcetera. I found myself in this somewhat awkward situation not long ago, as I was standing in line at the bank to deposit a rather puny check of mine. I felt the eyes of another crawling up and down my frame, from the corner to the left of me. With a quick glance I saw her, and then focused my attention to the back of the balding head in front of me. I still felt her eyes. She was waiting for her obnoxious grandmother to dump her life savings into the coin-counting machine. I soon passed my deposit slip and check to the teller, took my receipt, and turned around. My eyes met the young woman’s, and what did I do? I smiled. Lame, I know. I should have done one of the following.

Wink. They won’t see this coming, and will be aware that you know they were staring. They’ll most likely force a quick laugh,  flush with embarrassment, and be done with it. Or maybe this can backfire and they’ll mistake your flick of an eye as a signal to initiate some small talk. It depends on who this person is. Use your judgment.

Have a staring contest. Hold your gaze. Don’t submit to them, even if your eyes are drying up. Fight the blink. You’re better than them.

Pose, pretend to be a model. They won’t expect this from their eye candy. Flaunt it.

Make the craziest face you can possibly make at that moment. Scare them off, you lunatic. They won’t know what to do, but I can guarantee that their eyes will roam elsewhere. That, or they’ll keep their eyes shut for days. This will be especially funny if you make eye contact while creating your monstrous facial expression.

Give them the thumbs-up. Aw. They were praising your body with their eyes. How nice. Let them know you appreciate their existence.

Point, gasp, and run. This will teach them that staring is indeed very rude. Make sure to glance back a few times as you’re sprinting away. After a few seconds, steady your pace and act as if nothing happened.

Flip the bird. This one is daring, but they will most likely be speechless. Or not. (Warning: this may turn violent.)

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49 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Tizzle's voice and commented:
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  2. People stare at me all the time. I’m a certified ugly so i don’t have to wonder about the reasons for the staring.It s still incredibly annoying, I either ignore, turn my head and cough, give them a look of disapproval, and occasionally I have flipped the bird(lol) usually their response is to keep staring at me, or they pull a look of disgust at me(if they’re not already!) And quite a few men have flipped the bird right back at me. I must state it is usually men and teenage girls that stare at me, although occasionally a woman will. I think men are very judgemental and obsessed with appearances, they also see ugly women as sub-human,so that’s why it’s mainly them that stare!

  3. uhh!! when I find someone staring at me I look at them in a way as if to say,” What’s your problem?”. But they whisper something to their friends, and one by one each of the friends turn back to look at me. Uhhhh!! that’s really annoying!

  4. I going to school and there’s this just one guy who will stare at me as we go to our different classes. I really don’t bother to figure out why or if he was looking at someone else. When our eyes meet I look at him for 5 seconds maybe even less than that and i immediately look down. I really want him to stop. I’m mean I’m flattered and all but I’m not that pretty compared to all of the other girls in my school. Plus, he’s like really hot i guess you can say not that im staring at him. And i had this really awkward meeting with him when a mutal friend i guess you can say intoduced him as the guy version of hi and my response was do that guy nod and say sup. of course he responded with the guy nod too and then me being the stupid shy idiot looked down and yeah. So im going to try these actually all of them until he stops becuase its sooo uncomfortable becuase I HAVE NO IDEA WTF I AM SUPPOSE TO DO WHEN HE GIVES THAT LOOK/STARE. Its actually more of a look that’s like one that he’s trying t figure you out. Sorry this turned to my life story jk. I am sooooooo glad you posted this because I really need this. Fingers crossed that this works! THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN.

  5. I like the staring back and have done it, but always felt like I should have held it for longer and gone stronger. I think that gets the message of what are you staring at!?
    Tongue out might work but it depends, I don’t want to send a wrong message.
    Have tried the usual approach, starring contest not included, of asking Do you see something. Interesting , Can I help you? And found the Caan I Hell you to be best of all! People get caught off guard not expecting that you noticed they staring at you and many times act like normal stupid person as they are and turn away for not having a come back answer.

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  6. Lol funny article..

    People who stare is a pet peeve of mine and it aggravates me pretty badly depending on the person’s demeanor.

    Usually when someone stares, in my personal experience it’s because they want to intimidate or annoy me, which is a bad idea because I’m a pretty unstable person with anger issues, I’m also not afraid of anything.

    Although, here’s a civil way of handling this situation: Stare at the person while walking towards them, then say ”Hey do I know you? You’ve been starring at me for a while and you look familiar.”. Say this in a friendly way and it’ll catch them off guard. In my experience they usually just act surprised, say no and apologize.

  7. It’s just that like I talk to people right sometimes I get shy around hot guys especially since I am a junior in high school so I sit in the front of my class the tables are like in a L shape and I sit in the front on the side so I get nervous and tense because I feel like the whole class is staring at me and I don’t know where to look at. But yeah I tell myself ‘oh they are just staring cause your so gorgeous’ but I just want to be able to feel calm and relaxed what should I do?

  8. I had to look this up because the other day, I walked into a dr. office and this girl standing at the desk wearing a very revealing, strange outfit looked back at me, then looked me up and down (you could tell she was all about attention, she had a half top sweater on and it was about 80 degrees outside). No one else in the office was even looking at me (of course because people don’t do that and I certainly wasn’t wearing a clown suit). Fair enough. The receptionist asked me to fill out paperwork, so I went to the desk, got the sheet and the girl was looking right at me (head turned in my direction for no reason). So (and this is what I always do), I turned my head and stared directly at her intensely (not blinking). She got really uncomfortable. I do this to people when they stare for whatever reason. Did this to a staring child once in a grocery line…we stared each other down and then he cracked a smile and so did I…that was actually funny.

  9. I live in Asia and get stared at constantly for being a foreigner. I don’t think any of these would phase them seeing as they already look at me like i’m an alien x). Thanks for sharing though!

  10. Thank you so very much. You are helping me right this minute. So im size plus but in a cafe sat at a 2 seater table.. Just had a right laugh with lady who serObviously on o e chair… And flicked my eyes up to see couple staring at me…him and her. I sipped my coffee looked up again and they’re still staring. So Googled what to fo and got you. Thanks everyone!!! As me laughing and smiling at your texts i can tell is peeing them off…yo point she’s now trying to get his atention. What can i say? Think he fancies me… And the mrs jealous !!! :0))

  11. I tend to glare at people under my eyes if I catch them staring at me, kinda how you can imagine a psychopath doing it, and I maintain that stare until they look away. I usually find it doesn’t take long, but I’ve been told I look quite intimidating when I’m annoyed, and being stared at does annoy me so I guess that helps.

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