When a guy stares at you, he’s thinking these 23 things

Do you find yourself wondering, “What the hell is he thinking?” every time a guy stares at you?

Are you wondering whether it’s because they like you or because you have something in your teeth?

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of 23 things a guy could be thinking when he stares at you.

Let’s jump right in.

1) He likes something about you

If you find a guy staring at you it’s probably because there’s something about you that he really likes.


Maybe it’s the way you look when telling a story to your friends or the way your eyes sparkle when you laugh.

Maybe it’s your positive energy.

Whatever it is, there’s definitely something about you that he likes and is drawn to and he can’t stop staring.

2) He’s thinking how beautiful you look

Here’s the thing:

When a guy stares at you, he’s probably thinking to himself that you look beautiful.

This is because when a guy sees something he likes, his brain immediately starts analyzing it—and the more beautiful something is, the more it gets analyzed.

So if a guy stares at you for a long time without looking away, he’s probably thinking that you’re really pretty.

3) He’s wondering what kind of person you are

Check this out:

He likes your energy and he thinks you are pretty.

But he’s also interested in getting to know you better.

He’s staring at you and wondering what kind of person you are.

In short:

He wants to know if you have anything in common. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you gentle or rough? Are you a dog person or a cat person? Do you like adventure?

4) He might be thinking about how nice it is to see you again

Is a certain someone you’ve seen or met before staring at you?

You’re wondering what he’s thinking.

Here’s the truth:

He’s probably happy to see you and he’s thinking how lucky it is that he ran into you again.

5) He’s wondering if you’ll date him

Did you know that when a guy stares at you, he might be wondering if you’ll go out with him?

Let me explain:

When a guy sees something he likes, he’s naturally wondering what the possibilities are.

If a guy stares at you for an extended period of time, he wants to get to know you better.

He might be thinking about asking you out on a date in the near future and he’s just wondering when would be the right time to ask you… He might be itching to get up and go over and sit down next to you and chat with you because now feels like the right time.

6) He’s wondering how you smell

Ok, this one might sound a bit strange but did you know that when a guy stares at you, he might be wondering if you have a nice scent?

You see, it turns out that scent has a very important role to play in attraction.

It’s true that scent may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think about attraction, but subconsciously the way someone smells may impact their decisions.

Think about it:

Perfume’s been around since the ancient Egyptians!

Scent can have a huge impact on our perception of others.

So, when a guy gazes at you, he might be wondering what kind of smell you exude and if it would be pleasant to him.

Some guys may love a nice fresh and clean smell, others might be more into flowery scents, while others could like the smell of baking or even a woman’s natural scent.

It’s all a matter of personal taste.

7) He might be thinking about how much fun he’d have with you

When a guy stares at you, he might be trying to figure out if you are fun to hang out with.

You see:

Maybe he likes you and is thinking about asking you out.

If you seem like a fun sort of person, he could be staring at you as he imagines all the fun adventures he could have with you.

He has no idea whether or not you’ll go out with him but he wants to make sure that if you do, the two of you would have a great time.

8) He doesn’t look away when you catch him staring

This guy isn’t shy. He’s confident and knows what he wants.

When a guy stares at you for a long period of time, he’s obviously attracted to you. When he doesn’t look away when you see him looking, it’s because he wants you to know that he likes you.

He’ll probably be coming over to talk to you or buy you a drink in a minute.

9) You look familiar

Sometimes a guy will stare at you for the simple reason that you look familiar to him.

He’s sure he’s met you before but he can’t put his finger on when and where.

Was it at a party? At work? Are you an actress? Or maybe you’re a barista at his favorite coffee shop.

The bottom line is that he’s staring because he’s trying to figure out where he knows you from.

10) He’s trying to figure out how you feel about him

This guy is a little shy, so he’s trying to figure out how you feel about him.

He doesn’t want to overstep his boundaries though.

So he’s keeping to himself and hoping that you’ll notice him staring and go over to him.

Once you get the conversation going, he’ll be looking at you to see whether you’re smiling or laughing at something he said.

If you are, he’ll take it as a sign that you like him and that he can relax and maybe even make his move.

In short:

He’s watching to see if you like him.

11) He is attracted to you

Here’s one that may be obvious, but if a guy is staring at you, he’s probably doing it because he’s attracted to you! Duh.

Maybe he’s been watching you all night and is trying to find the courage or the right moment to walk up to you and ask you to dance or to buy you a drink.

12) Maybe he’s thinking about whether or not he should kiss you

Maybe he’s been talking to you for a while and he’s on the verge of asking you out.

He’s thinking deep down that it would be a bad idea if he didn’t kiss you. But then, he thinks that maybe it would be a good idea. He’s conflicted between what his heart is telling him and what his mind is telling him.

He stares at you as he figures out what to do.

13) He wonders if you’re his soulmate

Maybe he’s a romantic and is looking for his soulmate.

There’s just something about you.

The reason he is staring at you is that he is trying to figure out if you are the girl of his dreams. His other half. His soulmate!

14) You are his muse

Is this guy a painter or a photographer? Is he an artist of some kind?

If the answer is “yes”, he might be staring at you because you are his muse.

He’s simply admiring your beauty and is trying to figure out how he can replicate that look on his canvas.

Or he’s trying to plan a photoshoot that he thinks you might be perfect for!

15) He doesn’t know he’s staring

Here’s the thing:

Has it ever crossed your mind that he’s oblivious to the fact that he’s staring at you?

Sometimes people just get lost in thought and fix their gaze somewhere. In this case that happens to be you.

If you want to check if that’s really the case, maybe smile at him or nod your head to see if he reacts. If he doesn’t, he is probably just absent-minded.

16) He wants to show his dominance

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where a guy just walked up to you or sat next to you and stared at you for a while?

Turns out that he was trying to dominate you.

Creepy, I know.

He was letting you know that he has a lot of control over your body and was trying to impress you with his power.

He knew that he was probably making you feel uncomfortable and yet he continued to stare.

Next time you find yourself in such a situation, be sure to point him out to your friends. If you have some male friends around, ask them to go and talk to the guy to let him know his behavior is not ok.

17) He wants to get your attention

Maybe he’s staring at you because he wants to get your attention but he’s too scared to walk up to you and say “hi”.

So instead he’s just staring at you and hoping that you see him looking at you.

Maybe he’s hoping that you’ll be the one to come over and ask him to dance.

18) He’s trying to read you

He could be staring at you because he’s trying to read you.

Maybe he finds you interesting and likes to watch you interact with your friends. It could be that he wants to figure out what you’re like from a distance – without actually getting to know you.

Or maybe he’s trying to pick up signals from you, he wants to see if you seem interested in him. Are you also staring? Do you want him to come over?

Maybe you’re reading a book and he’s trying to guess what it is about. Maybe he’s gazing at your

He might be trying to figure out whether or not he wants to get to know you better.

19) He’s staring because his friends said you were hot

Ok, it’s no surprise that guys like to talk about girls amongst themselves.

So maybe his friends were talking about you and said you were hot.

Now he’s looking at you because he wants to see if they were right.

20) He wants to talk to you

Sometimes when a guy starts staring at you, it might be because he wants to talk to you.

He may have started to make a move on you, but got held back for some reason. It could be that he’s trying to see if you’re interested in him and whether or not you’ll come over and talk to him.  Maybe his friends told him that they had seen this “cool girl” over here by herself, maybe she’s into him?

He doesn’t know so he has no idea whether or not he should approach her.

21) He is trying to tell you something

This is just crazy, but there are times when a guy will just stare at you to let you know that he wants something.

This is a very weird way to ask someone out, but it can happen. For example, a boy might be staring at you because he wants you to ask him out on a date.

It’s as if he’s hoping that you’ll read his mind.

22) He likes you or is even in love with you

This is one of the more heart-wrenching reasons why guys like to stare at girls.

Honestly, if you see a guy staring at you it’s probably because he likes you.

What’s more, if you’ve noticed him staring often, he could be secretly in love with you and scared of rejection.

23) He’s too insecure to make a move

We like to think that guys are strong and confident but guys can also be insecure sometimes.

If he’s staring at you, it may be because he doesn’t know how to approach you.

In recent years our society has conditioned guys to feel uncomfortable approaching women, especially with the “me too” movement.

He may be afraid of rejection. He’s afraid that something he says or does can be misinterpreted to mean something it doesn’t mean.

The bottom line is this: if the guy is looking at you, it means he’s interested in you.

How to tell a guy likes you

Do you find it difficult to tell whether a guy likes you or not?

Perhaps you have your eye on a certain fella but you’re not sure if he sees you as just a friend or more.

Don’t worry, I’ve got some tips that will help you find out if he wants to be just friends or more.

He flirts with you

If your guy friend starts to flirt with you it’s a sure sign that you’re out of the friend zone.

Fun fact:

Guys don’t usually start flirting with their friends unless they have romantic intentions.

To check if he’s flirting with you, just watch his body language and listen to what he says.

If he’s making jokes and smiling at you, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

He compliments you

Is your guy friend acting weird all of a sudden? Does he tell you how nice you smell or how funny you are?

If you’re wondering what’s going on, I don’t blame you.

Let me explain:

If he’s suddenly throwing compliments your way, it’s possible that he’s starting to see you in a new light.

He’s finally realized that he wants to be more than just friends and he’s trying to let you know how he feels.

He may not know how to proceed in order to change your friendship into something more so he turns to compliments.

He looks for any excuse to touch you

Does he hug you when you meet up?

He never used to do that before.

Does he sometimes grab a hold of your hand absent-mindedly and then get embarrassed once you realize?

Does he put his hand on your knee when telling a story?

If you’ve answered “yes” then I have news for you.

The boy is really into you.

He asks to hang out more often than usual

No matter how often you see him, he’s always finding a new reason to hang out.

If he wants to do more stuff together then it means that he can’t get enough of you. He’s hoping there might be something between the two of you!

He’s probably biding his time, waiting for the right moment to ask you out.

Bottom line:

He likes you so he wants to spend as much time with you as he can.

He really listens to you

Does he ask you questions and really listen to what you have to say? Does he pay attention to every little detail?


If he’s not just going through the motions but really listening, it shows that he really cares about you.

He doesn’t just talk about himself, he wants to know how you feel, what’s going on in your life, how your day went…

In short:

If he wants to have a meaningful conversation with you, he really likes you.

He makes eye contact with you

When you meet up, does he make eye contact with you right away?

Is he fixated on meeting your gaze and smiling back at you as if there’s no one else in the room?

Does he make sure to keep looking into your eyes as if he’s trying to hear every single word of what you have to say?

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul and by looking into your eyes, he’s trying to make a real connection.

In a nutshell:

It means that he likes you.

He texts you late at night

Does he tend to text you late at night?

Does he tell you that he had a crazy night and is exhausted but wants to talk?

Do you end up texting until early morning?

Late-night texts show that it’s not just friendship, he likes you in a different way.

Still not convinced?

He’s thinking of you before he falls asleep and he wants to be the last thing you think of before you fall asleep.

He spends all of his free time hanging out with you

Does he want to spend as much time with you as possible?

Does he find excuses to stay a little longer while you finish up something or hang out for a bit longer before saying goodbye?


These things show that he really enjoys your company and would rather be with you than anywhere else.

If he’s not out chasing girls and hanging out with his friends it’s because he’s into you!

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