One chilly Friday evening, after a stressful week of writing articles and researching story ideas, I took up a friend's offer to visit a cocktail bar. It was the first time I mingled with a crowd after a long period of lockdown and staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As I queued to pay for my drinks, I noticed that the guy across the way was throwing occasional not-so-subtle stares.
It was only after he left that I realized what he had been trying to do. The mysterious stranger who I would probably never see again had made an attempt to use eye seduction techniques.
The rise of the digital era might be to blame
Like myself, many people have become preoccupied with digital devices and habituated to conducting interactions online. As a result, eye flirting, once a great way of gauging whether a potential love interest was remotely interested in you, has become a lost art.
While eye contact plays a significant role in enabling two people to acquire a sense of each other's emotional state, according to a 2019 study published in the journal eNeuro, most adults don't make enough eye contact. In