Sunglasses, as their name suggests, are unfailingly useful accessories for limiting the negative side effects of exposure to the sun. The common feature of most sunglasses is their coloured or darkened lenses which reduce the effects of glare and help protect our sensitive eyes from ultraviolet radiation. Aside from their practical use, sunglasses have also been popular as a fashion accessory, particularly amongst film stars and musicians wishing to make a stylishly ‘cool’ statement.
A side effect of wearing the majority of sunglasses is that they hide one’s eyes from others. At certain times this can work to personal advantage, such as when wishing to partially conceal our identity or when we want to weep unnoticed. However at other times, our sunglasses may make other people uncomfortable when they personally converse with us, as they make a sharing of direct eye contact impossible.
As is often the case with items that have a practical and stylish purpose, there are those users that abuse the good of the item and apply the item to the pursuit of less than ideal pastimes. Given the ability of sunglasses to shield one’s eyes, some unscrupulous types think to use this feature to their advantage. From behind their shielded eyes they feel suddenly free to peruse everyone around them in a most unwelcome manner. With their eyes hidden these misguided folk believe that their ogling behaviour will go unnoticed. Without the protection of their sunglasses these people would no doubt be less comfortable with appraising others in such a direct way.
Such people who use their sunglasses for reasons other than the practical or the stylish are sadly misguided. The reality that these people need to face is that even though their eyes may be shielded, it is still very clear as to where their eyes are straying. People generally have a sixth sense about these sorts of things and can tell when someone is assessing their physical attributes in an inappropriate way. The advice for unscrupulous sunglasses wearers is simple – please cease and desist this behaviour at once.