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What Does It Mean When A Guy Stares At You But Doesn’t Smile?


You might catch a guy looking at you but oddly enough, he is not reacting to your attention. Both of you hold an awkward staring contents and you cannot read or understand what is going in his head. To some extent, it might freak you out or even scare you. His blank stare has you questioning if he likes you, if does not notice what he is doing or if there is something on your face. Do not worry, we have all been there and here are a few things that he might be thinking.

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What does his stare mean?

1. You remind him of someone

We all have encountered someone who looks exactly like someone we knew. We stare at them and examine their face to see if it is the person we are thinking of.

As you know, when people see something familiar, they get lost in their own thoughts. Due to that, he might not be smiling because he is in his own little world. He could be thinking of moments that he has had with the person you remind him of.

2. He is in a deep thought

Zoning out is something done by everyone. Often times when people zone out, he or she ends up having a focal point and staring there for a good amount of time.

If you catch a guy staring at you with a blank expression on his face, there is a high chance that he is in a deep thought. Awkwardly enough, he just happened to choose your face as a focal point.

The best way to see if he was zoned out is be seeing his reaction after he snaps out of it. If he seems embraced and his face and body become more expressive, he was definitely in a deep though.

3. He is trying to be mysterious

There is always that one guy who tries to get your attention by acting like he does not care. That act is still relevant in this day and age, unfortunately.

He might just be trying to give you that mysterious vibe so you can try to pursue him. You can get a better gist of his intentions if you get to know him better.

4. You started the poker-face competition

Sometimes, we do not notice the actions we do and this can lead to strange situations. If you notice a guy staring at you with a poker-face, you could have initiated the poker-face competition.

In this type of situation, it is difficult to figure out who started it. He may have took your stare as a challenge or maybe an aggressive act so he is giving you a taste of your medicine.

5. He might like you

There are the guys who want to give off the mysterious vibe to capture your attention but then, there are the shy guys who are too afraid to react around you.

Some guys do not react or show any expression of interest because they are too shy of how it will come off. If you catch a guy staring at you without smiling and then instantly looks away, there is a high chance he is attracted to you but to shy to approach you.

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How to respond to the stare

Of course, it is difficult to know which situation you are in when judging someone’s stare. You have no clues since no reaction might come from you staring back. You are left with a big question mark but here are some ways to respond.

1. Stare back

The most obvious thing to do is stare back. It could become a staring competition but this can definitely determine what the stare means.

If one of you cracks into a smile, it could definitely lead into something. He might loosen up and make a funny face or even talk to you after. This is where you could see what his intentions are and by that, you can see if he likes you.

2. Confront him

To the fearless, confronting him could be something easy for you to do. This is not a reason to confront him aggressively though. You could joke around by saying, “Did I have something on my face before that you couldn’t tell me?”

That way, he knows that you caught him looking but it also creates an easy environment to break the ice. He notices that you did not find it weird and made the situation into a laughing matter.

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3. Break the staring contents 

If you catch a guy staring at you and he’s not smiling, another thing you can do is break him out of it. A subtle smile can definitely stop him from staring so seriously. After all, smiles are contagious. If you smile, there is a high chance he will smile back.

You can also make a silly face. He might think you are crazy but it will definitely make him snap out of his zone.