LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The eyes can speak a thousand words, but get the eye contact wrong and you could blow the chance of a second date according to experts. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, a body language survey1 from Optegra specialist eye hospital group (http://www.optegra.com/), unveils the positive and negative impact our eyes can have on a date.
An overwhelming 93 per cent believe making eye contact is vital when meeting someone for the first time. With more than a third of respondents, (39 per cent) saying eyes have the most impact on a date more than body position (20 per cent), body space (12 per cent) and even crossed arms (11 per cent).
But the Optegra survey also reveals the top five eye movements to avoid on dates - as Brits are put off by:
· No eye contact (55 per cent)
· Wandering eyes (46 per cent)
· Staring (35 per cent)
· Winking (25 per cent)
· Too much blinking (21 per cent)
UK body language expert Robert Phipps explains: “Eye contact is one of the essentials when dating, as you see trust and empathy in the eyes, which are two vital ingredients of any good relationship. It’s also a reciprocal thing. We tend to like to receive about the same eye contact as we give, whether it’s positive or negative. But, too much eye contact can come across as too analytical, critical or even domineering.”
“Winking is usually a way of sending the message ‘you understand what I want, mean, expect’ and blinking too much is off-putting because we can’t read the eyes in the way we would normally, it makes the person look nervous and so can put us on edge.”
Phipps captures five ways to read your date’s eyes this Valentine’s Day:
1. Eye Contact – The amount of eye contact you get should feel comfortable; if it makes you feel uncomfortable it is either too much or too little. If they’re looking over your shoulder all the time then they’re not giving you the attention you deserve.
2. Eyes and Listening – We tend to give more eye contact when we are listening than we do when we’re talking. Check that your date is looking at you more of the time when you are talking and vice versa; when it’s their turn to talk you should give them more eye contact.
3. Blink Rate – Blinking and eye contact go together as too high or low a blink rate can be off putting and even annoying. Unless they have an eye problem high blink rates are associated with nervousness or high stress. If it’s a first date they may well be a bit nervous but by the time you get to dates three and four this should be more normal, around 20-25 blinks per minute.
4. Eyes and Smiles – Even though we smile with our mouths we also use our eyes when we smile. Genuine smiles activate a muscle that runs around the eye called the Orbicularis Oculi, which in turn works with the Zyugomatic muscle at the corners of our lips. That’s why genuine happy smiles are said to “Reach the eyes” because they do and over time lines form from the eye to the mouth.
5. Eyes and Emotions - In order to express all manner of emotions we use our eyes in conjunction with other parts of the face, six of which are universal - happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. Your date should be using them appropriately at the right times to help build rapport, and so should you.
1 This Optegra research was run by Censuswide, an online market research company, to 2,049 UK respondents
About Robert Phipps
Robert Phipps is one of the UK’s best known body language experts and has given his commentary and analysis of all the major news stories and party political leaders since 2002.
Resident expert on the “Trisha Goddard Show" for more than eight years with well over 100 appearances whilst also working for several years as guest analyst on Big Brother's Little Brother.
His latest book “Body Language - It's What You Don't Say That Matters" currently #3 on Amazon UK.
A renowned platform speaker and trainer Robert is in constant demand by both the media and business worlds. He has written and commented for almost every national newspaper and magazine in the UK and has contributed to many trade specific journals both here and abroad.
Robert has worked on a wide range of projects with the Lone Workers Safety Conference, LA Childrens Hospital, Global Tolerance, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, the Society of Occupational Medicine and the Institute of Business Advisors to name a few.
His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s 'In Business' and was part of BBCs team for their prime time “Rogue Traders” show and is regularly called upon to comment on political events for many of the BBC’s radio and news broadcasts.
Optegra is a specialist provider of ophthalmic services in the UK, China, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. Optegra operates 25 eye hospitals and clinics and brings together leading edge research and medical expertise, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and top ophthalmic surgeons renowned for their areas of expertise to offer excellent clinical outcomes in laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange (Clarivu™), cataract removal, AMD, vitreoretinal and oculoplastics procedures all carried out in five-star patient facilities.
Clarivu is the Optegra brand name for its individually tailored, consultant-led vision correction (or Refractive Lens Exchange – RLE) package. The package includes all diagnostic eye assessments, an advanced technology intraocular lens (IOL) specially selected for the lifestyle and visual goals of the patient, the procedure undertaken in an Optegra eye hospital and post-operative care. In addition, the Clarivu package includes any further top up laser surgery that may be required in order to meet the stated visual goals of the patient.
Optegra is committed to the development of eye sciences and championing the latest innovations in vision correction through its dedicated Eye Sciences Division. Optegra achieves this by partnering with leading UK universities in the research and development of the next generation of ophthalmic services and technologies.
In addition, its Professional Partnership Programme of education and development with optometrists and opticians ensures the very best medical treatments are available to all.
To maintain Optegra’s five star standard of patient care and safety, its specialist eye hospitals draw on the expertise of its Medical Advisory Committees (MAC), headed by consultant level ophthalmic surgeons who all report into the corporate MAC. This is managed by Medical Director, Mr Robert Morris, the renowned refractive expert who advises on Optegra’s policies and procedures.
Optegra operates six UK eye hospitals: Optegra Eye Hospital, London; Optegra Surrey Eye Hospital (Guildford); Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital (Aston); Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital (Apperley Bridge and Laser Eye Centre in Leeds City Centre); Optegra Solent Eye Hospital (Whiteley) and Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, (Didsbury).
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