What If You Didn't Blink for 29 Days

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  • Published on: Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • It may sound absurd to you, but there are actually people that gather together just to stare at each other for as long as they can. Yep, “staring contests” are a real thing. One of the world records for time without blinking was set - 40 minutes and 59 seconds. Actually, contestants use some clever tricks to achieve this kind of endurance.

    But why is blinking so important for our eyes? Mostly because they need to be moisturized all the time. Also, every time you blink, your brain finishes processing one portion of information, and gets ready to process the next one. An average person blinks more than 21,000 times a day, that’s one blink every 2 to 3 seconds. So what will happen if you stop blinking?

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    TIMESTAMPS:
    The world record for time without blinking 0:29
    Tricks that contestants use 1:20
    Blinking and human brain 4:05
    When you blink 6:06
    What will happen if you stop blinking? 6:39

    #blinking #humanbody #humanbrain

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    SUMMARY:
    - There are but they’re strictly banned in most competitions and shouldn’t be used without asking a doctor first. Participants of staring competitions use yawning instead.
    - Another trick is in squinting. If you can’t fully close your eyes, at least squint them to keep them from hurting.
    - The record setter, Eyesore, came out of this battle victorious. But he likened the feeling to getting a tattoo on his eyeballs.
    - Little babies don’t blink as frequently as an adult person. When you read books or watch TV, you also blink much less often, even though your eyes experience extra stress. And finally, fighter jet pilots, while they’re in training simulations, blink frequently in friendly territories and less frequently in hostile situations.
    - Every time you blink, your brain finishes processing one portion of information, and gets ready to process the next one. This is why pilots blink more often when they don’t need to concentrate as much.
    - An average person blinks more than 21,000 times a day, that’s one blink every 2 to 3 seconds. That means you spend around 36 minutes a day in a blackout just because of blinking.
    - Eye blinks only look like they have no particular order, but they happen only when they’re needed to reload information or moisten the eyes. Even if you don’t want to blink – your brain will make you do it sooner or later.
    - So what will happen if you stop blinking? The damage would start almost immediately. As soon as your eyeballs start to dry out, tiny particles will settle down on their surface and start to scratch it.
    - Eventually, your eyesight will lose all sharpness because of the cornea’s drying out. The final result would be irreversible damage that may cause you to lose your eyesight altogether.

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