The Difference Between ‘Looking’ and ‘Staring’!

Today while commuting to the office on a crowded bus, all of a sudden, a teenage girl started shouting at a guy who must be in his early 30s. Just like everyone else, I turned curiously to analyze what happened on the spur of the moment. Their continuous argument gave us all a hint of an eve-teasing incident. The guy was allegedly staring at the girl, which was making her uncomfortable.

She shouted loud enough to make him feel embarrassed and defend his alleged act. The guy, who was looking a well-bred to me was then started explaining his part. While the girl was continuously accusing him of molestation, he was defending himself by making her understand it was a natural act.

According to him, he just looked at her, without having any evil in his mind, while she caught him in the act. Well, before the brawl could conclude, I had to get off the bus as I had reached my destination.

However, this incident didn’t wind-up there and stuck me with an unanswered question if this was really a natural act as he was portraying, or was it long enough to make her feel really uncomfortable and take the stand?

According to a poll conducted by Kodak Lens Vision Centres, an average man, between the ages of 18 to 50, spends nearly a year staring at women while an average woman isn’t far behind and spends almost six months sneaking a peek at various men in the same lifespan.

The Difference Between ‘Looking’ and ‘Staring’!

Mark Ireland, the spokesperson for Kodak, said in an interview, “Men are renowned for looking at women but it’s interesting to find out exactly how long they spend eyeing girls up. A year of their life is a long time to spend with their eyes fixed on the opposite sex.”

Being a heterosexual, I too feel looking at someone of opposite sex is a natural human tendency and a usual act, we, as the human being, does on a daily basis. It wouldn’t harm anyone as long as it doesn’t provoke someone to question your dignity. Hence, it shouldn’t go beyond a healthy visual interaction.

So, what’s your call on it?

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