Caitlin Flynn
November 23, 2016 1:55 pm

As we prep for job interviews, there’s one piece of advice that nearly every person, self-help book, and website can agree on — the importance of making eye contact. Plenty of people find this a major challenge (*raises my hand*) and if you fall into this group, it’s not because you have poor social skills — there’s actually a scientific reason for why we don’t like making eye contact with people.


A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kyoto placed 26 people in front of computer screens to complete a world puzzle while looking at a photo of a person’s face on the screen.

So, looking away actually serves a purpose during stressful conversations — it allows us to think more clearly and make stronger, more intelligent points. And let’s be honest — that’s way more important than staring someone straight in the face as we fumble for the right words.