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February 23, 2010

Blink. Blink.

The other night I was watching some coverage of the Olympic Games on television. I observed the announcer, and suddenly, all I could focus on was him blinking. Blink. Blink. Blink. Honestly, his eyes reminded me of a warning light flicking off and on. It was weird.

EyeIt’s natural for people to blink. We do it to keep our eyes moist and in good health. We also blink to stop foreign objects such as dust or tiny insects getting in our eyes. A great analogy is that blinking is like the action of a windscreen wiper on a car. On average, a person blinks 10 – 20 times per hour. (I had difficulty finding an answer that everyone agreed on.)

In body language terms, excessive blinking tends to mean that a person is thinking hard. Often, a person who is lying blinks a lot since they need to concentrate to maintain the lie. I heard that body language experts counted the number of times Mr. Clinton blinked when he was busily denying things.

A single blink might indicate surprise. If a woman is blinking excessively while in the presence of a man, then she’s probably flirting with the gentleman.

Have you noticed excessive blinking before?


  1. Nessa

    So much information for such a small action.

    I featured your book on Teaser Tuesdays.

    Scarlet Woman

  2. Jaime

    It’s kind of like sitting down and not feeling your butt until you think about it. :lol: I haven’t noticed, but that isn’t to say I won’t now!

  3. Laney4

    I have heard that people who wear contact lenses blink more often than those without. (Something about them drying out the eyes?) Perhaps that is an explanation too.

  4. Alice Audrey

    Blinking shows up more on tv. If you watched him in real life, you wouldn’t notice quite as much. Not sure why.

    Hey, you might want to visit Nessa. http://vanessavkilmer.com/ She’s featuring you on her Tuesday Teaser.

  5. Kaily Hart

    I have to say, I’ve never thought about blinking nor have I ever noticed anyone doing it! Now, it’s in my head and I’ll be checking out everyone’s blinking schedule LOL!

  6. Shelley Munro

    Nessa – thank you! That’s awesome.

    Laney – that would make sense. I know my eyes get dry from working with computers so much. I don’t wear contacts but I can imagine them drying the eyes.

  7. Shelley Munro

    Alice – I suppose you’re really concentrating on the commentator so it’s more noticeable. He has been working long hours on the Olympics. He’s probably tired!!

    Thanks – I checked out Nessa’s blog. So exciting. A moment of fame. :grin:

  8. Mary

    My Husband used to blink alot. We tried to have pictures taken at Olan Mills and the photographer kep saying you have to stop blinking so much. He finally went to the doctor and found out he had cataracts. Had the surgery and now doesn’t blink as much as he used to. Weird, huh?

  9. Helen Hardt

    I’ve definitely noticed blinkers. Had no idea they were flirting though!

  10. Cari Quinn

    I rarely pay attention to blinkers. I will now though!

  11. Amy W.

    I’ve never noticed it in others but I notice it in myself if I’ve been on the computer too long (Me? No, never!) or had my contacts in for too long and they’re getting dry. Oh and allergy season, blink out the pollen, blink, BLINK!

  12. Shelley Munro

    Mary, maybe cataracts dry the eye somehow, because dry eyes definitely make us blink.

    Helen and Cari – I’ll have no going around staring at people. Ever since I noticed this guy, I’ve been watching everyone else closely!

    Amy – computers do that to me too. I don’t notice the blinking so much, but my eyes start to water. Tears stream down my face and the optomerist said this is because my eyes are trying to correct the situation. I have drops I use now.

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