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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Don't look at strangers in Korea


Article: [The Psychology of the Gaze] A twisted society... rage inside the eyes

Article that talks about how police have been dealing with an increasing number of cases every day where fights have broken out on the streets between random people just because one party 'looked at them' while passing by.

Korean psychologists reasoned, "Koreans normally turn away or avoid the eyes when their gaze meets with someone they don't know for longer than a second. The people who don't turn away end up resorting to violence because they feel an invasion of privacy." They also chalked it up to difference in cultures... in other foreign cultures, meeting someone's gaze is seen as a positive thing while in Korea, it's viewed as negative.

 1. [+719, -17] It's really weird... Whenever my gaze meets with foreigners, they smile at me. I don't know how Korea's gotten like this... We need a change in culture.

2. [+594, -34] Koreans seriously are a special country of people ㅋㅋ I remember when a foreign friend visited and he kept staring at people, I had to tell him not to do that because it's basically asking for a fight with Koreans. He totally didn't understand why... Koreans are so good at wasting time and energy with stupid things.

3. [+485, -32] We should run a national campaign promoting smiling at strangers when your gaze meets theirs.

4. [+335, -8] I lived in America for a long time before moving back to Korea so it's become a habit for me to do 'eye greetings' with strangers... I brought that habit over to Korea and Koreans look at me strangely when I do it...

5. [+328, -5] Twisted doesn't even begin to describe Korean society... more like psychos.

6. [+287, -4] Finally a respectable article from a journalist pointing out things that are important and worth discussing

7. [+284, -5] It's because people don't have a sense of self that they feel so defensive with people even just looking at them.

8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

9. [+162, -7] Foreigners are more independent than Koreans are and yet they still smile to strangers... why is it that Koreans get so nasty about it? Should we all just walk around with our eyes pasted to the floor?

10. [+55, -0] It's because Koreans have a twisted idea of happiness. Koreans are always seeking happiness... which means that nobody is CURRENTLY happy, they're only seeking it. Happiness to Koreans means being at a higher status or position than the person next to them. They need to be able to show something off to someone else in order to call themselves happy. Obviously not everyone reaches that point in their lives so Koreans are forever in a state of distress.

That's why when Koreans see a stranger smiling at them on the streets, they feel like they're being sarcastic, like that person is better and happier than they are, at a higher status and position in their lives... They feel jealous and behind... It's the smile of a winner and they're not that winner. Korean society is all about speed... who can reach this faster, who can achieve that faster.

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350 comments:

  1. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...



    I seriously almost spit on my computer!

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  2. 아찔아찔 fantasticJuly 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    What the hell..........

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  3. Basically, you can't even smile at people because it's deemed to be competition. Wtf.

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  4. Comment #8 wins guys go and shut your computers

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  5. 아찔아찔 fantasticJuly 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Imagine smiling at someone one minute and getting a black eye the next.

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  6. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    Good comparison xD

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  7. 3. [+485, -32] Best thing to do.

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  8. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    I nearly choked on my own spit.

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  9. lol, anybody who ever played a pokemon game know the joke

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  10. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    Probably my favourite ever comment from a netizen.

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  11. People have eyes and it's just natural for them to look i don't understand why people get offended when someone looks at them unless they give them the stink eye then it's understandable, but other than that Korea needs to chill....

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  12. Bless this article....
    [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...
    oh, and this comment make me literaly LOL, maybe because I'm currently playing HeartGold while looking at this. I have to chase Raikou, yet these annoying trainers keep stopping me and asking for battle >.<

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  13. Maybe that explains why the EXO fan attacked a Blackjack. ROFLMAO.

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  14. great article! Now that's journalism, more than articles that talks about random selcas! Kuddos to the journalist!

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  15. strange because in US i known koreans who came fresh off the boats who had a tendency to stare at people and we had to tell them is not cool to stare so obviously

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  16. 7. [+284, -5] It's because people don't have a sense of self that they feel so defensive with people even just looking at them.

    Number 7 is keeping it real.

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  17. The guys in the pic possess the sharingan

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  18. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    Man I hated when that happened in the games, especially when I was trying to rush the next city but all these trainers would pop out of nowhere to battle. Most frustrating thing ever.

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  19. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    can you imagine korea a pokemon center

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  20. Let's we all bless the 10th comment.

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  21. I think it's a reflection of a plane

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  22. is it true that nb said that black people are disgusting
    i don't know what to believe any more

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  23. 10. [+55, -0] It's because Koreans have a twisted idea of happiness.
    Koreans are always seeking happiness... which means that nobody is
    CURRENTLY happy, they're only seeking it. Happiness to Koreans means
    being at a higher status or position than the person next to them. They
    need to be able to show something off to someone else in order to call
    themselves happy. Obviously not everyone reaches that point in their
    lives so Koreans are forever in a state of distress.

    oh now i know!...

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  24. Chandler's TurkeyJuly 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Wut are you on?

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  25. what?where did you get this?

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  26. apparently on Crayons...

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  27. Dang that last comment was downright philosophical... more posts like these please.

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  28. This was a pretty cool article. Definitely wouldn't mind seeing more stuff like this. Honestly, I think these were the most insightful and thought out comments I've ever seen here.

    That Pokemon comment had me rolling though.

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  29. Well, it's nice that at least these netizens recognize there's a problem instead of acting all defensive. First step towards improvement.

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  30. lmao this is totally different from what Simon and Martina said. they said that if they see a drunk person and bump into them, there wouldn't be a fight but here's a article saying that just by looking into the strangers eyes a fight will happen

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  31. In my experience in Korea last year i thought Koreans were extremely friendly like i got a lot of smiles and compliments keep in mind i am a muslim so i were the hijab and i used to think they would look at me weirdly but they were genuinely very understand and nice... But maybe that was because i am a foreigner

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  32. "7. [+284, -5] It's because people don't have a sense of self that they feel so defensive with people even just looking at them."

    That plus there is way too much emphasis on physical beauty It's so said that we complain about the lack of talent within the entertainment industry, be it music or theater, but will then bash someone's appearance so it's no wonder there's a lack of talent when not everyone with talent is going to be ideally beautiful.

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  33. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    I criedddd LMAO. the commenters and the article have a good point though. that's really odd.

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  34. lol wtf...wow -__-

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  35. What does that have to do with this article? Please don't start an unnecessary debate and stop being messy.

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  36. I didn't know they take so bad staring, cos in dramas that's just what they keep doing for minutes and minutes long in order to fit in the airing slot... -sarcasm-
    personally, making eye contact and then smile, means opening up, and getting the chance to start a relationship, I do it with any new people I meet, to show them I'm friendly and if they smile back, we start a conversation and greet each other every day! It's all a lot easier than we think it is. That's how I simply stopped being shy on the first day of school and how people's view on me changed cos they remembered me as the smiling, friendly girl, not as the quiet, shy girl/gloomy who never dares to stare. To look in someone's eyes def means having confidence, and for some it can be scary, but I think it's worth the try if it's done with a smile! Got nothing to lose after all.

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  37. Chandler's TurkeyJuly 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Great article, very interesting and realistic comments. Thank you NB^^
    This is why you are the best when it comes to Korean news, you always manage to find really interesting things :)

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  38. Yeah, you've got to take things Simon and Martina say with a grain of salt.

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  39. just a genuine smile to someone who is alone can really brighten up their days when they feel bad. That must be why so many Korean kids feel so alone: they don't even look at each other in the eye, as if they were scared of the judgement they *think they* read in other's eyes.

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  40. well this is an nb article, i'm not starting a debate i'm just asking a question because i have no idea if it's true or not

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  41. [+594, -34] Koreans seriously are a special country of people ㅋㅋ I
    remember when a foreign friend visited and he kept staring at people, I
    had to tell him not to do that because it's basically asking for a fight
    with Koreans. He totally didn't understand why... Koreans are so good
    at wasting time and energy with stupid things.

    That's the point. Maybe korean dont really have some physical activity culture when they have free time. They just need a right place to release their energy

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  42. these kind of comments kinda gives me hope for a better korean society.

    '3. [+485, -32] We should run a national campaign promoting smiling at strangers when your gaze meets theirs.'
    This would make me feel less scared of strangers tbh. And actually I'm kind of intimidated whenever i see a korean in real life. Like they have some strong netizen aura. (thts probably just me)

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  43. What are you talking about? What kpg?

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  44. My thoughts exactly. He must be from the uchiha clan.

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  45. No, in one of her live requests she quoted a netizen comment being racist about Rihanna and she thought it was very stupid and that you shouldn't be racist.

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  46. nb didn't say that, she was just translating comments LOL

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  47. ahh cute Daesung, now he is sexy sexy Daesung...

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  48. Interesting read.

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  49. I purposely visit this site just to read hillarious comment on it...
    It never fails to amaze me...
    Congrates netizennbuzz...

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  50. oh thanks for the clarification
    i've never watched a nb stream so i had no idea if people were making it up or not, i guess they just took it out of context

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  51. Interesting. I am glad a lot of K-netz know that there is something wrong with Korea's culture (as much as it is with other cultures in the world. Every culture is wrong in some way). At least they seem not as over-patriotic as I thought.

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  52. Get your "Cray-on" GD style

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  53. I'm not trying to be rude but don't make assumptions like that without doing your own research first....

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  54. Awwww Daesung is such a cutie

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  55. i wasn't making an assumption, i was asking a question because i had read that she said that
    jesus christ

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  56. I smile at strangers so they don't I'm some creep staring at them.

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  57. Chandler's TurkeyJuly 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    U not know about Crayon Pop? O.o

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  58. Thisthe best comment so far

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  59. Comment number 8 cracked me up real good.

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  60. I know who they are lol, I was just referencing a song >.> I like them, they are kinda ratchet tho.

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  61. I wish admin do contest the best comment of the year..
    No.8 will win

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  62. Damn, I guess I can't be happy and nice when I go to Korea.

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  63. Where did you even hear this?

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  64. LoL very interesting.

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  65. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKILQPBcVTI

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  66. I hate making eye contact with strangers too>.<but resorting to violence is a bit too much:(

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  67. but s/he didn't make any assumptions? s/he was just asking a question

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  68. Pretty much the same as my country. I'm Asian too. Lol. Fights broke up just because you stared at people so it's not that surprising to me

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  69. I don't get it :<

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  70. DID A 2NE1 FAN JUST CALL CRAYON POP RATCHET
    MY SIDES

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  71. I agree with you, I read the op wrong. I still stand by what I said.

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  72. that's crazy man.

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  73. same in my country. i'm asian too but west asian. not your typical asian haha

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  74. koreans do stare, especially ajummas and ajusshis

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  75. brock b in the house Z and pop time, muzic is officially over now.

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  76. esp. if she glare like this..

    :ilovehyolyn<3

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  77. Where I live you're looked at reaaally weirdly if you attempt to start a discussion with a stranger or even look or smile at them. We don't start fights though, we just look away real quick if we meet eyes with someone. Our society is just a bit socially awkward as a whole.

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  78. i say hi and good morning or good evening to just about everyone i walk by. you're looked at negatively if you just walk by someone without acknowledging them. its interesting that its the opposite in korea. i can imagine a tall ass person like me doing that there lol i also find it interesting to see comments from people wanting to change it instead of comments saying 'if foreigners don't like, they should leave'

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  79. Oh and by the way, I'm European

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  80. This actually quite true... I always smile at strangers :D


    Koreans let me tell you a story about a guy who committed suicide. He wrote in his letter that he wouldn't jump from the bridge if someone smiled at him on his way there... Unfortunately no one did smile. A smile can mean so much to people. It can basically save lives and also even make people happy. I always try to smile and greet people because maybe just maybe they needed it ;)

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  81. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...





    died.... funniest comment.

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  82. 아찔아찔 fantasticJuly 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Glad you had a good experience!!

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  83. Sanghoons abs *_* Sorry for random comment xD

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  84. ^_^ its fine cant blame you

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  85. lol in the hood you shouldnt stare at people too long either lol.

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  86. Lmao at the comments. "Sneaky japs everywhere on youtube" LOL. I finally understand the "Japanese" comments because of NB

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  87. B.e.s.t singer in the game!

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  88. At least 2ne1 don't actually fight ppl.

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  89. just gotta say, isn't it usually koreans who initiate the stare down with foreigners? do they expect them to all turn away or something?

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  90. Agreed where I live you can greet and smile but DO NOT START A CONSERVATION like really... people here never speak to people outside their social circle. Don't stare at people more than 6 seconds because that's just disrespectful. Europe here too btw x)

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  91. 1. [+719, -17] It's really weird... Whenever my gaze meets with foreigners, they smile at me. I don't know how Korea's gotten like this... We need a change in culture.

    When I realized some one was looking at me in Seoul, I just smiled and they smiled back. It was just curious, not bothering look possibly wondering where I was from. In a few cases, they immediately avoided the eye contact and shyly turned their heads the moment I caught their gazes...
    But considering cultural differences, what I find not important can be totally different matter to another person.

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  92. Are you a 100% fan or just into their abs? I'm just asking 'cause I never find any 100% fans x)

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  93. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    kekekekeke.....
    they still remember pokemon

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  94. unmeditated eye contact is offensive in most eastern cultures though. it's the idea that you're making someone uncomfortable and self-conscious (and unsafe if you're a girl) by staring at them closely.

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  95. Whenever I was younger, I would always get scared when someone looked at me and smiled lol. I'd think to myself "what do they want from me?!" But now I'm used to it.

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  96. im just a chocolate lover =D..but i do have a few song of them n my playlist ^_^

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  97. Now I had to spit on my computer TWICE.

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  98. This is really interesting. Thank you for this post NB.!!

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  99. If you play pokémon, you always run into other trainers and they always want to battle you

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  100. wow
    I automatically smile whenever I have eye contact with anyone.. i guess i will be in trouble if i ever go to korea T_T

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  101. In my country, there is a joke that goes 'If a stranger looks at you and smiles, he's either crazy or American.' Though I don't think eye contact is a common cause of random fighting, people just avert their eyes lol...

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  102. 1. [+719, -17] It's really weird... Whenever my gaze meets with foreigners, they smile at me. I don't know how Korea's gotten like this... We need a change in culture.



    Yup. I always smiled and nodded at everyone who stared at me tbh.. :'3 I thought it would bring a better reputation of foreigners in Korea.. I mean.. it's nicer to smile and nod instead of glaring them down or something.. And I think it's inevitable to look at someone when you walk through a city or sit in a train.. after all I'm there to see the city and not the floor.. oô

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  103. if its just staring then it would be uncomfortable anywhere not just the east but in this case, it seems to be the people who respond by smiling, saying hi, etc. that end up in a scuffle

    if anyone is being stared at its the foreigners

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  104. Kasi WhiteCake AndersonJuly 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I feel so bad for them :( Like geez.. usually they're so patriotic about a lot of issues but they're all fessing up to this particular issue.

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  105. Kpg??? Did you make that up. lol

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  106. SO it's okay to fight someone when they give you 'the stink eye'? O_O

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  107. Kasi WhiteCake AndersonJuly 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Hahaha XD

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  108. Wonderful similarity...
    Daesungie as a Pokemon trainer...Approved !

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  109. Well, fights break out in the U.S too because of stare downs. It's just rude and impolite to stare in general. Fights break out from stare downs in Korea, like everywhere else.

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  110. Did i say it was okay to fight? i mean it's okay to feel offended by it

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  111. Kasi WhiteCake AndersonJuly 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Unless you're a man in a park alone... that's just asking for trouble xD

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  112. when sharing eye contact with random people in pokemon games, you start a pokemon battle with them

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  113. Hahaaaa..Turkiye'de birisi sana soyle bir baksin kavgadan baska seyler cikar...

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  114. I think I would get beat up a lot T.T

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  115. 5. [+328, -5] Twisted doesn't even begin to describe Korean society... more like psychos.

    LMAO! They even admit it themselves. Omg....

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  116. yup i think they are ok with foreigners, but within the korean society maybe staring at someone for a long time might seem weird but tbh in any society and culture it is weird to stare and rude

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  117. "Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone..."

    dude you win the internet

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  118. true enough. starting a fight over someone smiling at you is pretty intense.

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  119. Such a cultural difference in Mexico is actually considered impolite not to greet someone by looking at them even if it's just a stranger passing by, so if you walk by someone and look away they can actually take it as an insult.. But we also greet people by kissing them on their cheek with either a handshake or a hug, which in Korea would probably get your ass thrown in jail for harrassment lol. In the U.S. is 50/50 I don't think people care either way if you make eye contact or not. If you do look at them and smile they'll take it nicely if not they won't get offended.

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  120. tell me what happened please!

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  121. The poster below wins, A+ to you Sir or Madam, you summed up the current state of SK perfectly.

    [+55, -0] It's because Koreans have a twisted idea of happiness. Koreans
    are always seeking happiness... which means that nobody is CURRENTLY
    happy, they're only seeking it. Happiness to Koreans means being at a
    higher status or position than the person next to them. They need to be
    able to show something off to someone else in order to call themselves
    happy. Obviously not everyone reaches that point in their lives so
    Koreans are forever in a state of distress.

    That's why when
    Koreans see a stranger smiling at them on the streets, they feel like
    they're being sarcastic, like that person is better and happier than
    they are, at a higher status and position in their lives... They feel
    jealous and behind... It's the smile of a winner and they're not that
    winner. Korean society is all about speed... who can reach this faster,
    who can achieve that faster.

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  122. this girl was recording people waiting in line(?) and one of the people being recorded told the girl to stop recording but she kept recording so the other girl hit her or something LOL that's what i heard

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  123. by the comments from koreans themselves, even a smile is looked at as strange

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  124. Maybe that makes you a creep even more. Just kidding LOL

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  125. Such a stupid things ... we live one once why we should "fight" each other , us humans ? what for ? I can't understand. Are they trying to be " superior " ? tss , don't try cause even you , koreans feel like this , don't forget us too . Egality that all.

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  126. "It's because people don't have a sense of self" this is true. how well they are academically, socially, etc. is measured by comparing themselves to others.

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  127. why are people surprised knetz are admitting the fact that there are problems in their society? aren't they doing that all the time? Do you think they leave nationalistic comments on articles about bullied students? Maybe I haven't been reading the same comments

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  128. Well dayum then,I'd better not look at handsome Korean guys in the eyes when,if ever,I go to Seoul because they might just go all Bruce Lee on me.

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  129. Chinchayo? Seriously?
    How do you engage people and befriend them if you can't even look at them? Has it always been like this? Smh...

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  130. I wonder if it's because they're so conservative and sometimes repressed
    as a society that hostility can't help but burst out at the smallest of
    things. I'm Asian too and it is so very tiring sometimes when I am told
    to not laugh too loud, not to draw attention to myself, not to speak to
    people you don't know, always be polite and formal to everybody, don't
    be too open and personal in talking etc. When I was visiting Korea I was
    hesitant to ask questions or ask for help because sometimes I'd get a
    "look" like I was being a bother. But when I got back to the US and
    needed help with my bags I didn't even need to ask for help, people were
    taking them down from the airplane compartment and the luggage conveyor
    upon seeing that I was struggling with them. And those people acted
    like it was the most normal thing in the world to help a tiny Asian girl
    with her bags. I guess what I'm saying is, there's more openness and a
    willingness to connect with strangers.

    Of course this is just a random wondering thought of mine based on my one own personal experience.

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  131. kpopwillneverstopJuly 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I've heard about the "don't stare at koreans" thing before. God, do you really have to start a fight just because of your insecurities?

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  132. This is such a negative cultural aspect of Korean society. Very competitive society indeed but nonetheless has the saddest people on Earth. Look at their suicide rates. Change must be done.

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  133. Reminds me of an experiment done with an idol group. think it was teen top? only one member bowed and offered to help a woman who looked like she needed a hand with all the stuff she had. i sat wondering, why didn't they ALL offer or even acknowledge her when they walked by???

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  134. Brock doesn't have teeth mind you

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  135. but this is only a minority of Korean population.

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  136. I have heard of this before and it still baffles me. If I couldn't meet someone's eyes then I don't know if they are a good person or not. Or someone I can be friends with. The eyes can really tell you something about someone.

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  137. Us arabics ( from France , not all ) are little same as koreans . We don't like the fact that someone staring at us .. it's like " do you want to fight b**** ?" T-T

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  138. i'm european as well and this sounds very odd to me.
    maybe because i'm from the south of europe?


    it very often happens to start little conversations with people on the train, at bus stops and even in shops at times people can ask you for small advices while doing their shopping (how do you cook that? does this colour suit me? etc). it's fun and interesting ^^

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  139. Well, that's why I said "at least THESE netizens." Better this than nothing.

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  140. Well...I wonder if it's because the lady didn't ask for help, or the members were afraid that the lady might get offended if they talked to her to offer help or *shrugs* Sometimes people get so afraid of how others would react that they choose not to interact at all, and then end up looking cold and uncaring.

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  141. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRxkrkG_DYI

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  142. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    lmfaoooo. it's kinda frightening tho, cuz whenever i accidentally make eye contact with strangers on the streets etc., i would smile and they'd often say hello or something. imagine getting beaten up for it

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  143. From what I've read, one good thing about korea is their religious tolerance. Glad you had a good time^^

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  144. Stare at the hot girls boobs instead! LOL

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  145. Actually Americans use this for an excuse for fights..

    Me: *staring at a guy talking loud*

    Guy: "WTF are you looking at?!?"

    Me: *rolls eyes* "Not much.. Apperantly!" XD

    Guy: "what the fuck did you say?!?" *crazed look on his face*

    Me: *sucker punch & head stomping when he goes down* XP

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  146. News flash... Koreans' favorite past time is talking smack about korean society.. Hence "netizenbuzz"

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  147. lol how do you know so well how koreans feel when they are being stared at?

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  148. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...
    LOL HAHA! ~ That was fuckin' funny

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  149. I always walk with my eyes cast downwards because I'm fucking awkward like that and I get embarrassed easily :/

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  150. i have to smile when my eyes meet a strangers because i feel awkward if i don't am i the only one?

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  151. odd. i think koreans have a staring problem. they flat out stare w/o caring if you notice. happened to me as well. i had to roll my eyes for them to finally get the hint

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  152. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...



    //CRIES// XD

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  153. Article like this makes me proud to be a Filipino :)))) /smiles at everyone/

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  154. Black and White with fu*kin Cherin coming out to battle as soon as you leave the gym and think you can survive til the next town.

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  155. I’m
    happy where I’m from in my culture if you eyes met another stranger you have to
    great him if you don't . you aren’t polite

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  156. Where I live in thr US we always smile and say to the elderly. And when we run into strangers you strike up convos and hold up lines in stores. But then again people label this as Southern hostpitality.

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  157. Not all the arabic people are like that believe me -_-

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  158. not all koreans are like this either

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  159. In Brazil is impolite to meet gazes with meet someone and don't smile. I guess I would be dead by now in Korea, since "Brazilians are TOO happy" !

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  160. I'd be dead by now then.

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  161. bizde maalesef adam bile öldürürler...
    erkek erkege 3 saniye baksa: "ne bakiyon lan!"
    kadin erkege 3 saniye baksa: erkek: *islik, igrenc gülümseme ve sapikca düsünceler*
    erkek kadina 3 saniye baksa: "sapik mi lan bu"




    bu arada...resimindeki Daesung mu? Bende büyük Daesung hayraniyim!!

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  162. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...



    DEAD. OMFG.

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  163. I said " not all " too , please ....

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  164. actually its not just korea most of east asian countries are like that.. thats how they were bought up and believed while western think otherwise, so i don't think we have any right to criticise other people's values i can understand if those k-netizens themselves feel uncomfortable with it cuz it can happens even i feel so many customs and tradition from my country useless sometimes but that does not give other people any more right to talk about it.. we are not in the place to say it..

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  165. lol i'd better do this when i go to korea

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  166. The last comment really put things in perspective.

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  167. I would probably get in a fight like everyday if I lived in South Korea. I can't help but make eye contact with others.

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  168. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...

    This is the funniest thing I've read so far in NB

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  169. True. And also....

    http://global3.memecdn.com/Zubat_o_119806.jpg

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  170. Wow, that's really surprising to me. O_O


    In our country, it's completely normal to great someone when passing by them, by smiling or saying hello or good morning or something like nice weather today? etc. Even if you pass the street and the car stops for you to pass. We always wave our hands to the driver as a thank you for letting you pass.


    Mmm Korea indeed is a special country social wise. ~_~

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  171. Must be because you are from the south :O Because here that would be VERY odd to speak with people... ofc it happens now and then but no one really does that here up in the north but that doesn't mean people won't help you if you ask for help or won't reply to you if you start talking it's just unusual ^_^

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  172. This is a very interesting topic. I always wondered about that, I did notice a lot of my friends who are Asian, especially the ones who are in the first generation of their families to be born in America tend to not make good eye contact. Where as Americans on average are taught from a young age that you are supposed to make eye contact and that it is rude not to do so.

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  173. LOL i'm arabic in my country even touching a stranger in friendly way isn't bad not to mention smiling or staring at them

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  174. &lt;♥&gt;Noona &lt;♥&gt;July 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7410936320/h0FFF2758/

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  175. I feel it is alright to discuss it because we are learning and taking an interest in their culture. There isn't any malicious intent behind it. If we were all to pass judgment on them for being that way then that is not okay, but for conversations it's alright to talk about and try to understand why it is done.

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  176. It's kind of sad that it's solely seen as bad in Korea. Where I live, a smile from a stranger can lighten up ones day. Obviously a smile can also be sinister, but it's not like it's difficult to distinguish them. It's basically courtesy in my country to smile, have a moment of eye contact and perhaps also give a nod to elderly while passing by.

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  177. Evet. Az birazcik Dae-Nut'lik var( dae delisi gibi bir sey isin espirisi.) cok seviyorum..
    Bizde kan cikar dedigin seylerden dolayi..Koreliler inanilmaz kibar bakisini yakalayinca utanip kizariyorlar..

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  178. ok ~ Where do you live ? just by curiosity ^^

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  179. Different Country, Different Manner.
    Different People, Different Attitude.
    Sometime the world isn't that complicated, just the people who living in it. :)

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  180. More lol
    http://i.imgur.com/GI5QCHa.png



    TBH my cheap ass feel proud for going through the mountains without repels :P

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  181. Oh!! I am Algerian ! :)

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  182. you live in france right? maybe that's why arab ppl there tend to be rude i think? coz of the change of the culture..not sure..just imo

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  183. 8. [+185, -3] Do Koreans think they're Pokemon trainers or something? Pull out a battle the minute you run into someone...



    I'm nominating this for Comment of 2013.

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  184. Yes , I was born there and I think too. It's something like they feel minority in France and I have to thinks that ( maybe ) why... :/

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  185. Happiness to Koreans means being at a higher status or position than the
    person next to them. They need to be able to show something off to
    someone else in order to call themselves happy. Obviously not everyone
    reaches that point in their lives so Koreans are forever in a state of
    distress.

    TRUE and i know idols in KOREA who act like that
    and their fandoms too

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  186. I lived in Korea for 2 years never had this problem. I had more people staring at me because I was a foreigner. There is a difference between staring and a glance. If you stare at someone in any culture it will cause a fight to break out. I think this feeling is not only for Asian here in the U.S. there a culture divide of some sort between the south and north. For example when I live in Georgia people will glance and say hello all the time but as I grew up in NYC it was a little weird.

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  187. In Korea, if you get scolded by someone and look in their eyes, it's very rude. You have to look down on the ground. Completely opposite in the US where you have to make full eye contact to acknowledge you are listening.

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