What Does Prolonged Eye Contact Mean From A Man To A Woman?

What Does Prolonged Eye Contact Mean From A Man To A Woman?

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Being able to read a man is extremely important. Some of them aren’t great at telling you what they’re thinking so you often need to be the one to figure it out.

But it’s also not as easy as it sounds. A single look from a guy could mean one thing to him and something completely different to you.

It takes more than just a look in his direction to figure out how he’s feeling about you.


That being said, prolonged eye contact from a man might be the hardest body language to read.

What does prolonged eye contact mean from a man to a woman?

Here’s what this behavior means when coming from a guy.

1. He’s trying to get your attention

More often than not, a man who’s making prolonged eye contact with you is trying to get you to notice him. Otherwise, why would he be staring you down?

He’s doing it so you notice him. Think about it. If you turn around in a bar and just survey the crowd, who’s going to catch your eye?

The person who’s looking at you and maintains your eye contact.

2. He finds you attractive

A guy who’s holding your eye contact could also find you really attractive. You have to pay attention to his other body language cues to determine this for sure, though.

Does he smile at you? Is he getting a little flushed in the face?

These are signs his prolonged eye contact simply means he thinks you’re good-looking.

3. He likes you

A man who’s into you will definitely be looking in your eyes. Not only is this an attempt to get your attention, but it’s also something people do subconsciously.

We all have a tendency to make eye contact with people we like. He might not even know he’s doing it.

Make sure this sign goes along with some body language that shows he likes you. He’ll lean toward you when he talks, face his entire body in your direction, and will smile often.

4. He’s engaged in the conversation

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When someone is really into a discussion, they’ll make prolonged eye contact with that person. It’s something he’ll do as a means to engage with you better.

Basically, he’s sucked in and you’ll know this by watching how long he’s making eye contact. Someone who’s fully engaged in a conversation won’t be looking elsewhere.

This could also mean he’s intrigued by you and what you have to say. That could bode well for you if you’re interested in him.

5. He’s trying not to stare at your cleavage

A guy who’s very obvious about the fact that he’s making eye contact might just be doing so to seem like a gentleman. This is evident if you’re wearing a shirt that exposes a ton of cleavage.

Obviously, cleavage is great and perfectly fine if you want to flaunt what you’ve got. But if you notice a large number of guys making prolonged eye contact, they could be trying to avoid looking like a pig that’s just staring at your boobs.

6. He’s flirting with you

Prolonged eye contact is a huge sign of flirting. This is especially true if he’s smiling at you, leaning in close, and giving you all the vibes that he’s into you.

It’s yet another thing he’ll do if he wants to get closer to you. Watch when he’s holding eye contact with you, too. Is it after you’ve said something really flirty or after he’s suggested something a little risqué?

He’ll be watching your eyes to see how you respond to his advances.

7. He’s just being polite

Eye contact is just polite. If you’re just talking to him and having friendly conversation, he might be holding the eye contact because it’s polite to do during a discussion.

Don’t read too much into this if there are no other signs pointing to him being interested in you. Remember, you make eye contact with people while just talking all the time.

This could be the same for him.

8. He was just spacing out

I know this isn’t exactly what you wanted to read here, but it’s necessary to point out. Sometimes a guy might not be making eye contact with you on purpose. It could be a complete accident and he’s just spacing out.

Don’t try to read too much into something unless it’s obvious he’s trying to make eye contact with you. Make sure he’s maintained that eye contact after a little while before thinking anything of it.

9. He’s confident and wants to show it

Someone who can hold prolonged eye contact with you with ease is really confident. They don’t have any reservations about what they’re doing and they’re not shy at all.

If anything, a guy who does this might be super confident and not afraid to show it. He’ll be holding your eyes for as long as he can in an attempt to show you he can handle anything.

In order to know if this is the case, watch his body. Does he stand up straight with his shoulders back? Does he talk and laugh loudly?

If you notice he’s maintaining some prolonged eye contact with you and seems super confident, he’s most likely doing so just to show you he is.

10. He’s talking about you

In order to tell if this is the case, you’ll have to be watching him from afar. Does he make eye contact with you while talking to someone nearby? If so, he could be chatting up his buddy about you.

Maybe he saw you from across the bar and thinks you’re worth talking about. Sometimes we end up staring at the thing or person we’re talking about and that may very well be the case in this situation.

Eye contact could mean a guy is super into you and it could also mean nothing at all. The key with prolonged eye contact is to also take into account the rest of his body language.

Only then can you tell what he’s really feeling.

Naturally, you’ll want to know how to make sure the guys you like are the ones looking at you.

And, yes, I get it. It’s easier said than done.

But our friends at The Obsession Phrases have created a proven guide that shows you how to be that woman.

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About the author

Bella Pope

Bella is a lifestyle and online marketing writer, cheese enthusiast (Wisconsin native over here), Writing Youtuber, and fantasy adventure author-in-progress who enjoys all things dog, pizza, and writing related.