What Does It Mean When A Girl Stares At You?

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You notice a girl catch your glance and she keeps looking at you. What does it mean when a girl stares at you?

First off, don't overthink it. In most cases, this is a good sign of attraction as she might find you handsome, flirt with you, and wants you to know she appreciates you.

When a girl stares at you she's often impressed with the way you look and is sort of checking you out.

She's admiring you for being a good-looking man and is attracted to a certain thing about you, be it your eyes, your hair, your clothes, etc.

However, there can also be neutral reasons why she's staring at you — you might remind her of someone she has seen before, is randomly staring at you in deep thought, or she might just feel compelled to stare and doesn't know why. 

What does it mean when a girl stares at you?

Here are a few reasons why she might be looking at you, plus how to tell which situation you're in.

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1. She finds you attractive.

If you notice a girl is looking at you and she is either smiling and laughing or giving you a certain look while staring, then she most likely finds you attractive. 

You will be able to tell because she gives you a conscious gaze — and if you catch it, be sure you're paying attention to how long you make eye contact with her or how many times your eyes meet. 

This is a good sign that she is interested in you and finds you so attractive she can't keep her eyes off of you. 

This is when you then approach her as she's trying to get your attention by letting you know she's checking you out. 

2. She likes you and wants to get to know you.

If a girl is staring at you for a while, especially in conversation, she wants to get to know you. 

This is especially true if she is showing body language signs that she's attracted to you, which could include little touches and fun banter.

She will most likely try to flirt with you as well if she's staring a lot which is also another indication that she likes you. 

3. She's flirting with you. 

If a girl is staring at you a lot and specifically giving you the eyes, she is most likely flirting.

She wants to get to know you and wants you to flirt back, and in a way, it's a test to see if you will match her level of staring. Making and establishing eye contact is a huge rule in flirting and that could be a sign she's trying to flirt through her eyes.

She might not even care if you approach or not because all she wants to get is your attention as she likes seeing when guys respond back and let her know they are interested too.

4. She might be gossiping with friends.

When a woman stares at you, especially when she's with a group of friends, it could be because they are gossiping about you.

A big topic of conversation between girls is boys, and the gossip can be both good or bad. 

She could also be gossiping with friends and staring at you for a long time because she and her friends might have heard something about you from a friend or an acquaintance.

5. She's looking at you subconsciously.

Sometimes when a girl is staring at you it might not mean anything at all other than she's dazed out and her eyes happen to be looking at you or you're in her field of vision. 

If she's staring at you without smiling, she most likely is lost in thought and not intentionally staring at you.

It's also normal human behavior to stare at something while we are in a train of thought. Sometimes people can fix on anything and hold your gaze subconsciously with no meaning at all.

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What should you do if you think a woman is giving you signs and signals that she's interested?

1. Approach her and start flirting.

If she's giving you signs and signals that she's flirting, like mirroring your movements, constantly fixing her hair, and smiling a lot, then you need to approach her and flirt back!

That's the only way that you'll get to know her more and make her feel more attracted to you through conversation.

When you walk up to her, act with confidence and try to trigger her feelings of sexual attraction for you in a natural way through the conversation.

Joke around a bit and make sure to include slight touches like brushing your hand against hers or touching her arm or lower back. 

2. Impress her and give her a challenge. 

You don't want to act desperate or show her that you are head over heels attracted to her, so you have to carefully go about talking to her and if you can try to impress her.

Get to know what she likes and maybe tell her a story that's related to what you did that would impress her.

Let her know if you are gaining or losing interest in conversation with her as you want to challenge her and make her want you more if she thinks she's starting to lose you.

Make sure it's fair game as well because you don't want to come across as a jerk. 

3. Let her know you want to get to know her romantically.

She was the one staring at you in the first place so you have to let her know the feelings of attraction are there as well.

Talk to her in a way that will turn her on and be flirty with her. Let her know you're interested as well and that there is some chemistry between the two of you

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Megan Hatch is a writer at YourTango who covers pop culture, love and relationships, and self-care.