We rarely make eye contact with other people for a long period of time. Even when we're with our closest friends and loved ones, we often glance at our smartphones or look around the room. Even if you do hold eye contact with someone, the two of you are usually talking and not sitting in silence. A recent experiment conducted by The Liberators challenged strangers to hold eye contact with each other for one minute, and the results were more intense than anyone was expecting.
According to their website, The Liberators are a group that creates "participatory public and private events that involve and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in acts of unconditional kindness, dance and or human connection." Some of their other experiments have involved creating dance parties on trains and challenging people to hug a blindfolded stranger at the beach.