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Old 12-02-2012, 07:43 AM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Maybe I'm wrong, or I just have forgotten, but it seems to me that in the West, people will make great pains not to make eye contact with strangers unless there is a purpose, whereas in Asia, whether that be the Far East but especially the Sub-continent and the Middle East, it's more customary to maintain eye contact longer, and indeed sometimes staring is acceptable.

It seems to me that Europeans are among the most reserved in the world. Haven't spent enough time in America to compare, but it's the case with Europeans and Australians. Maybe Japanese also fall into this category, but other Asian people, from Pakistan to Taiwan, Vietnam to Azerbaijan, just seem to be a bit less awkward around strangers. Maybe Italians are more like this, since there is a lot more intercourse between strangers (no not in that way, lol) than in a country like Norway.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:07 AM
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My experience is the opposite. I have found Asians from Japan and China in particular less likely to make eye contact than Westerners.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:29 AM
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Well, I look at everybody.

But, um here people look at you but they wouldn't stare at you. I'd say we'd be more open than America but we'd not be as open as mainland Europeans and Asians.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:58 PM
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Really? I'm Asian and most Asians I know, including me, are less likely to make eye contact, especially with elderly people.

Westerners are more likely to make eye contact, however I agree that Asians have a tendency to stare - however, the staring ones don't actually make eye contact when you speak to them directly.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:42 PM
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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I don't know, depends on the westerner.

I'm brazilian and during my entire life I thought that I'm a westerner, but in many forums I realised that many of americans and europeans don't consider people from Latin America as westerners - perhaps because the people here is poorer, despite of the culture being mostly the same.

Possibly people from some countries like Italy, who had a diaspora in he past but now receives inmigrants have more shyness in comparison wih people from Switzerland, where the multiculturalism is present through the centuries.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:16 AM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Northerners seem more shy but are actually over considerate.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:04 AM
Location: In a Galaxy far, far away called Germany
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Staring is considered rude in North America.
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