Why are you looking at me like this? If you’ve ever asked this question, you can read human facial expressions and that time you didn’t like the information the expression conveyed.
New study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that standing in front of a large crowd we can read facial expression of every individual to recognize the overall mood of the crowd. And all this happens in a matter of seconds.
Our sensitivity to nonverbal behaviors is an important aspect of studying our evolutionary history. Our ability to detect even subtle emotions makes us emotionally intelligent and allows us to build better relationships with others. For example, when scanning the audience during your presentation, you can find out how they feel about your performance and make sure it has the desired impact on them.
So, how do you use your ability to read facial expressions in your daily life? How can we benefit from that biologically innate ability to feel other people’s emotions?
When you walk into McDonalds and immediately read the information from people’s faces that says that most of them are extremely happy with all day breakfast policy.
When you look at other kids in your daughter’s kindergarten and by reading the kids’ facial expressions you learn that the new kind of “normal Barbie” is exactly what they needed to see the world realistically.
When you walk into work and looking at your colleagues you somehow understand that they are perfectly aware of the fact that blogging is the biggest part of your most productive work time.
If we are programmed evolutionarily to read the information from other people’s faces, why don’t we use it in the internet world? What if WordPress had a tool enabling us to capture facial expressions of our readers while they are reading our posts? Just a quick snapshot. How do you accept the fact that I’m a news blogger whose posting frequency is one post per month? Сlick click.