Why looking at others?

Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

In many places around the world

You smile

You look in her eyes from the opposite side of the coffee-shop

You flirt


A girl may often respond

It does not mean that she is really interested in you

It is a game

It creates a tension in the room

This type of tension makes everyday more enjoyable for many 



In Norway, looking at unknown people

Is just weird

Norwegians may wonder what you are after

And look skeptical


In many situations

Not only flirting

looking at others is a way to acknowledge their presence

Something central to human interactions in many places around the world

For example when you enter a restaurant, a coffee-shop, at work, with your neighbor, etc.


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