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When can I use eye contact with strangers?

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Hi /adv/,

this probably sounds like a joke or literally autistic but I have some questions about eye contact. I can easily hold eye contact properly in conversations with people BUT it's like I can do this because I know that this is how things are supposed to be/is socially accepted.

Now the problems start for me in public and at my workplace.
Should I stare right ahead when walking past people or look everyone I pass in the face? I'm never sure what to do in these few seconds.
Another question. Is it OK to look around the room when I have nothing to do or does that look weird?
Is it OK to look quickly at the person sitting next or in front of me on the train?

Thanks in advance, your undiagnosed autist.
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Ayy lmao I have the same problem
I don't think I have aspergers, at least my psychiatrists never diagnosed it and I even asked specifically and they said nah
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>>18055300

I tend to stare strangers down when they're within eye sight and realised it just recently. It just feels natural to look at people if they're closeby, because ignoring their presense would seem rude. Normally they just look back and if not, they look away. It's not a big deal. Some even nod a hi or smile, while some just do this awkward side-eyed double take.
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>>18055300
I dont think you have autism/aspergers, you are probably just a bit shy.
>Should I stare right ahead when walking past people or look everyone I pass in the face?
If you are in a public place just stare right ahead (for example walking in the street). If you are at your at your workplace look at your coworkers when you greet/talk to them, otherwise dont. As for in the train its quite weird to star at the people sitting next to you, just look at your phone if you feel unconfortable.
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>>18055332
how close to people should you be when looking at them and saying hi/trying to seem friendly
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>>18055354
It depends on the situation, but id say one arm distance its okay.
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