If a guy has been holding eye contact with you for longer than usual then you might be wondering why and what it might mean about the way that he feels about you.

This post will show you a number of reasons why he might hold prolonged eye contact with you and why other guys might do it in the future.

So, what does prolonged eye contact mean from a man to a woman? It will often be a sign of attraction especially if his pupils also dilate when looking at you. He might also be annoyed with you especially if he squints. He could also do it naturally especially if he does it with other people as well.

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There are actually a number of reasons why a man might hold prolonged eye contact with a woman and there are a number of things to consider.

What prolonged eye contact means from a man to a woman

Each of the different reasons why a man will hold prolonged eye contact with a woman will likely come with a number of clues in the way that he does it and the body language that he shows.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a man will hold prolonged eye contact with a woman, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

He is attracted to you

One of the main reasons that a man will hold prolonged eye contact with a woman is that he is attracted to her.

When a couple is developing feelings for each other they will begin to hold prolonged eye contact with each other because it releases the love chemical Oxytocin.

If the man is holding prolonged eye contact with the woman due to attraction then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction as well.

These signs can include:

  • Having dilated pupils when looking at her (peoples pupils dilate when looking at someone that they are attracted to)
  • Touching her more than he touches other people
  • Standing closer to her than he does with other people
  • Asking her the most questions
  • Glancing at her a lot and quickly looking away or smiling if she notices
  • Getting anxious when she is around other men
  • Getting defensive when they are both around other men
  • Adjusting his appearance when he sees her
  • Pointing his feet at her (people point their feet at people that they are attracted to)
  • He talks with a deeper voice around her
  • He teases her a lot

He is annoyed with you

The reason that a man might hold prolonged eye contact with a woman could be that he is annoyed with her.

This would be more likely if he also squints when looking at her, if only does it to her and if they recently had a falling out with each other.

If he does hold prolonged eye contact with her because he is annoyed with her then it would be likely that he would show other signs of being annoyed with her as well such as:

  • Crossing his arms when he sees her
  • Tightening his lips when looking at her
  • Furrowing his eyebrows
  • Giving her short answers or talking to her with a sharper tone
  • Tensing his jaw when looking at her

He is being dominating

When a man is trying to be dominating he will hold eye contact with people for longer than is normal.

If he is holding prolonged eye contact with her because he is being dominating then he may or may not also do it with other people as well.

Other signs that he is being dominating could include:

  • Touching her a lot
  • Telling her to do things
  • Putting his hands and feet on things that are not his
  • Making his body appear to be larger in the way that he stands and sits
  • Talking over her

He does it naturally

It could be the case that he holds prolonged eye contact with people naturally. This would be more likely if he also holds eye contact with other people as well.

If he does do it naturally then it could still be the case that he does it with her for a different reason. If he does then it would be likely that he would show some body language signs that are different when he is around her and he would likely interact with her in a different way.

Consider how he reacts to seeing you

Considering the way that a guy reacts to seeing a woman will likely help in determining why he holds prolonged eye contact with her.

If he reacts to seeing her by noticeably changing his body language then it would make it more likely that he has good or bad feelings about her.

If he reacts to seeing her by doing things such as:

  • Raising his eyebrows
  • Pointing his feet at her
  • Positioning himself to be nearer to her
  • Adjusting his appearance
  • Seeking to make eye contact with her

Then it would be more likely that he does it because he is attracted to her.

Whereas, if he reacts to seeing her by doing things such as:

  • Squinting
  • Furrowing his eyebrows
  • Crossing his arms
  • Clenching his jaw
  • Hiding his lips

Then it would be more likely that he does it for a negative reason such as being annoyed with her or being dominating.

Consider how he interacts with other people

It would also help to compare the way that he interacts with other people with how he interacts with her.

If he also holds prolonged eye contact with other people as well and he shows the same body language around her as he does with other people then it would make it more likely that he does it naturally.

If he only does it with her and his body language is different around her then it would be more likely that he does it due to attraction, being annoyed with her or because he is being dominating. It would help to consider the way that he changes his body language around her.

Consider multiple aspects of his body language

When considering what his body language could be suggesting it would help to consider multiple aspects of it at the same time.

This is because single body language signs can have multiple possible meanings making them unreliable on their own.

Whereas, if he shows multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing then it would make it more likely that he is showing them for that reason.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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