HomeArticlesWhat If You Didn’t Blink for 29 Days What If You Didn’t Blink for 29 Days By Joseph Donaldson September 2, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Imagine a classic Mexican stand-off. Dust everywhere, the wind rolling tumbleweeds around three nervous figures, frozen in place, not even blinking. The first to blink will give his opponents a fatal moment to shoot first. How weird would it be if none of them blinked at all for minutes, hours or maybe days? What would happen then? This comical situation 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 without any Wild West stuff at all. Yep, “staring contests” are an actual thing. In fact, the most famous staring contest happened in Darwin, Australia. I know, the name is ironic considering the mindlessly dangerous competitions. Nevertheless, this particular competition was called “So You Think You Can Stare” and it was there, in 2012, in the final staring duel between two men appropriately named “Eyesore” and “Stare Master”, one of the world records for time without blinking was set – 40 minutes and 59 seconds. That’s like watching an episode or two of your favorite series with your eyes wide open the whole time! For most of us, it sounds almost impossible, but contestants use some clever tricks to achieve this kind of endurance. First of all, there are, of course, various eye drops that help keep eyes moist for a long period of time, 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. Yes, did you ever notice how your eyes become wet when you yawn too hard? It definitely works, and no one can ban yawning – that would be too cruel! Another trick is in squinting. If you can’t fully close your eyes, at least squint them to keep them from hurting. And finally, contestants won’t usually look directly in the eyes of their opponent; instead, they zone out and dive into deep meditation, while also making sure that their eyes stay open. This helps not only to numb their feelings a bit but also to deal with tricks the opponent might pull, like trying to be funny; that’s a legit strategy! Even with all these ploys implemented, keeping yourself from blinking doesn’t sound fun! I don’t recommend doing something like that and soon I’ll explain exactly why. The record setter, Eyesore, came out of this battle victorious. But he likened the feeling to getting a tattoo on his eyeballs. Eeww! Sounds painful! But why is blinking so important for our eyes? Mostly because they need to be moisturized all the time. Each movement of our eyelids covers our eyes with three layers of tear liquid. The first is packed with protein to nurture eyes and help other layers to spread evenly on top of it. The second layer is more like water, but it’s full of minerals that also help the cornea of an eye to work properly. And the last layer is oily in nature – it protects our eyes from drying out and from dust and particles that might damage it. So basically we blink because our eyes need moisture and protection from dust, right? Seems pretty simple! Well, here’s a giant curveball for you. 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. But it has nothing to do with eye moisture! And if all these contradictions are not enough for you, then consider this: we blink right between sentences when we read books, and between different scenes when we watch a movie or a TV show. Also when we talk to each other, it’s like we finish every phrase with a blink before we continue to speak. This information was studied by a group of neurophysiologists from Osaka University in Japan under the leadership of professor Tamami Nakano. On the basis of clinical observations and experimentations, they developed the theory that a brain needs frequent reloading – just like clearing the cache of a browser to make it work faster. This reloading happens in the blink of an eye… Literally! 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. The same applies to the reason why babies don’t blink as often – they’re constantly soaking in tons of information about the world around them in their early years. But why is blinking associated with resetting information in the brain? Japanese scientists may have an answer to that question too. But first, let’s consider the following: 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. You’ll miss at least 5 minutes of a movie, and in an hour-long drive you go for 3 minutes with your eyes closed. Even if each blink takes only one-tenth of a second, you must’ve noticed something, right? Don’t worry, your brain has already taken care of it! It fools you every time you blink! This moment of darkness just cuts out form the stream of visual information you receive. Your brain literally restricts itself from the ability to process any visual information every time you blink. This not only allows you to see clearly no matter how much you blink, but also gives your brain a much-needed rest. This moment of peace is exactly what resets your brain’s ‘cache’ as I called it before. 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. Each one of our eyelids is controlled by a muscle called the ‘orbicularis oculi’, and it’s the fastest muscle in your whole body. Part of this muscle works completely at its own will. It moves without your command no matter what. And that’s definitely for the better because your eyes might take a lot of damage without blinking. So what will happen if you stop blinking? First of all, people around you might think that you’re some kind of a weirdo. No, I’m joking, that’s not what we’re discussing here. Let’s get a bit more serious: you really don’t want to hold yourself from blinking. Period. 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. The cornea of an eye is especially delicate and will start to burn immediately, pushing the eyelids to close as soon as possible. Then tears will flow; it will be literally a waterfall of tears, trying to wash away any dust that already settled on your eyes. 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. Fortunately, because of how blinking works, your brain won’t let this happen. So even in a Mexican stand-off, someone will blink uncontrollably. And then you shoot him, nah… In what situations would you ever need to stop blinking anyways? 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The Most Eye Opening 10 Minutes Of Your Life | Dr. Bruce Lipton About Author admin 100 Comments BRIGHT SIDE May 27, 2019 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 Reply Interesting July 9, 2019 I can keep my eyes open open for at least 4 minutes but it hurts when I do it Reply Yaksha Bhanushali July 9, 2019 Video request: what if you stop pooping/peeing for a day? 😂😂😂😂😂 Reply Evie White July 9, 2019 40minutes is over half an hour jeeze.Thats a long time to keep your eyes open without blinking Reply FaDe_Spike July 9, 2019 EYESORE 1v1 ME AT STARING CONTESTS! I MIGHT WIN MIGHT NOT DUNNO I HAVENT BLINKED IN AN HOUR SO I ALREADY BEAT THE RECORDD AHHHH(Im kidding…) Reply Hays Coleman July 10, 2019 not blinking for almost a month is impossible (i posted this without watching this video) Reply Super neon Dog buste July 10, 2019 H⃠o⃠w⃠ t⃠o⃠ s⃠t⃠o⃠p⃠ b⃠l⃠i⃠n⃠k⃠i⃠n⃠g⃠ Reply Happy Monoj July 11, 2019 Great Explain Reply Lanes 2601 July 11, 2019 you said 2012 the year I was Born [1 July] Reply ItsKendrick Animes July 12, 2019 The longest i can keep my eyes open is 2 minutes Reply Łįvįñg hęłł July 12, 2019 When you talk about blinking I don’t know when to blink Reply Martin Reyes July 12, 2019 wat!? Reply Nathan Martin July 12, 2019 In a deul Reply kermit July 13, 2019 I watched the whole vid without blinking Reply Komal Niazi July 13, 2019 We sleep too so our eyes are closed 😅 Reply Golden foxy Goldys July 13, 2019 Doing the hardest challenge Reply Scott Cullen July 14, 2019 What happens if you blink to much NONSTOP Reply Elizabeth Chiquito July 14, 2019 WEN IM DEAD Reply Cmon flogs 7611 July 14, 2019 I just held my eyes open and it didnt burn i held it for 2:53. Ok Reply Nate's Stuff July 15, 2019 You can stop blinking when you are sleeping with your eyes open Reply paperplace 69 July 15, 2019 I have blinked 8454873337740474746338 times in this video Reply cheeselord54 July 15, 2019 Who else started blinking uncontrollably when watching this video Reply Serena Iyaituk July 15, 2019 How do we fast forward time by sleeping? Reply BryanTDM10 July 15, 2019 I saw a kid keep their eye open for 1 hour Reply 簡嘉德 July 16, 2019 Are yaers Reply BTS is the best especially jungkook July 16, 2019 How do u come up with these vids Reply prathama roy July 17, 2019 When a snake or something like those scary animals staring at me I'll definitely not think of blinking again🤔😉😂😂😂 Reply LushKolton RobGio407L Roblox Logos And More July 17, 2019 You Will Be Blind Reply Gaming With Favor July 18, 2019 Eye Lids:close those eyes Reply Ezra muo July 18, 2019 You could close your eyes and never open for no blinking (Cheating) :p Reply Eithan Rain July 19, 2019 I know that im alwas yoning theres Tirs Reply Nejra Šišić July 19, 2019 I didn't blink for the whole video like if you haven't Reply Mr. Rhino July 19, 2019 0:04 Imagine a Bright side man copied a Youtuber's video. Reply Sherry Ahsan July 20, 2019 Watched whole video without blinking Reply Bob Fred July 20, 2019 I didn't blink 4 1 minute 21 seconds Reply saqib explains July 21, 2019 sleeping is just some hours long blink Reply Hi July 21, 2019 I would need to not blink during a Mexican standoff Reply Craig Murray July 21, 2019 What happens when you have ICP 173 that you Reply Craig Murray July 21, 2019 I meant what if you have SCP-173 looking at you and you blank Reply AriElita Guilporti July 21, 2019 Bright side: what if you don't blink for 29 days?Me: 30 days,see you in heaven Jesus: welcome your dead and your in heaven!!! Reply AriElita Guilporti July 21, 2019 For 29 days? Oof it would be hard for plankton to do that Reply Me July 23, 2019 How to win a staring contest: Keep your eyes closed the whole time, then you can’t blink! Reply Savage _kylie2206 July 24, 2019 That intro made me blink lol Reply Tzik Villavert July 24, 2019 Yeah its true when you watch tv or anything you actually blink less Reply cheese cats July 24, 2019 Brightside – if u dont blink you could go blind!! Jeff the killer – am I a joke to u? Reply Kristian Scott July 24, 2019 If you don’t links in your eyes start watering and also look like a cry but you’re not actually couldn’t because your eyes open them lot have you opened your eyes 24 hours then your eyes will start hurting and open your eyelids a lot and Erin in your eyes might pop out Reply Jack Pettigrew July 25, 2019 When you find herobrine Reply zebro djc2006_345 July 25, 2019 It is don’t not didn’t s get it right Reply Primive TV July 25, 2019 🐄💨 Reply Lindsey Le July 26, 2019 The thing that make me stop blinking is when I have a stare contest and when I'm asleep like I sleep with my eyes open like for real Reply Magda Kantarek July 27, 2019 When your about to die Reply Raph RHE July 28, 2019 Alan Walker VS Bright Side Reply IZOKK CARTOONS DAJZA July 28, 2019 I know your eyes will hurt sooo bad so don't do it or else your eyes will hurt bad. Reply Iman Malts July 28, 2019 i never blink Reply Sarah Niyonambaza July 29, 2019 Never Reply Lucas Rodrigues July 29, 2019 what about if i didnt blink for 182 days? Reply Emma Koehler July 30, 2019 That is sooooooooooooooooooo cool! I blinked a lot though…😝 Reply Joanas Playz July 30, 2019 Blinking makes you miss 0.000000001% of your life Reply Tula Vlog July 30, 2019 Lol i got an eye drop add before this Reply Weegee Beast August 1, 2019 A suituation with no need to blink?I’d say when you’re dreaming or zoning out. Trust me when I say, when I’m in any trance at all, I pay zero attention to anything. Therefore, logically, I wouldn’t have even blinked because I wouldn’t have noticed it (unless I’m asleep, onviously). Reply Arozonal August 1, 2019 You literally stole this video. Reply Dolphin Lover 216 August 1, 2019 Clikbait Reply Biscuit Gacha August 1, 2019 The answer is easy you wont get sleep Reply Someone August 2, 2019 You'd be blind if you didn't blink for 29 days Reply Lashay Massicote August 4, 2019 I would not blinkfrom a bear Reply HƏŁP MƏ August 4, 2019 Why do the colour of our eyes look like a big energy explosion from our pupil Reply GalaxyLyrics August 4, 2019 Is this even possible not to blink???? Reply Indira Drost August 5, 2019 I usually think about random things to help to not blink. Reply D.Marie Kurtz August 5, 2019 Interesting but boring me and my friend scrolled threw to get to the fun but we couldn’t find it also: the name doesn’t match the video 🤪😴😛 Reply Bbgun Gaming August 6, 2019 Wait blinking means closing your eyes and reopening it right? So if you keep your eyes closed it will be easier? Reply Marinela Comănescu August 6, 2019 Helo Reply Adrian Laurant August 8, 2019 While watching this I tried not to blink and know my eye real weird I don't know what to do bright side please help me Reply SCOUMPS August 8, 2019 so, I tried blinking 200 times a minute but in 30 seconds, I get dizzy and after 1 minute, i experienced migraine.. It was tiring and every 10 seconds.. I need to slow down but I got 120 so far BWAHAHHAHA Reply Raju Kodi August 9, 2019 I can play shadow fight 3 with continue s blinking Reply Aidan Sargent August 9, 2019 Brain: So bored need more knowledge You: blinks after 2 minutes Reply nxta _hg August 10, 2019 u need to sleep bro Reply AGENT RIXZ August 11, 2019 6:35 NOW stop it Phil Swift you have to stop!! Reply Melisa Kowalska August 12, 2019 Not Blinking For Nearly A Month LOL! Reply muslih zahir August 15, 2019 You can't stay without blinking Reply XxXDeadlyWolfieXxX August 17, 2019 𝐼 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑏𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑘 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑇𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑦 𝑚𝑜𝑚 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑎 𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒ℎ Reply dominator know it all August 18, 2019 A staring contest Reply Tian Ying Saw August 18, 2019 They are not world record there is a woman that didn’t blink for 24 hours Reply Bry Allen Jean Dos D. Durano August 18, 2019 Why am i blinking too much while watching this video because its about blinking 😂 Reply SSS sisters Unicorn August 18, 2019 Ok Reply Goat Lover August 19, 2019 I didnt blink the whole video long and even while typing this Reply Najia Humayra August 19, 2019 I can stare for 7 minutes Reply mr pixelatedboy August 19, 2019 Well, for me once I get off the hurting part it’s my choice whether or not I blink. But, I don’t do it anymore lol Reply Princess Unikitty August 20, 2019 I blinked a lot more than usual in this video, I am not sure if that is a coincidence or not, but my profile pic never blinks XD Reply Bodie’s Art Channel August 20, 2019 What if you were sleeping the whole 29 days? (My sister) Reply sunnydxys August 21, 2019 you will not need to blink is someone is spraying toxins in your eyes. c; Reply Fiona Zhang August 23, 2019 Staring Contest. Reply MidnightTheWolfie August 24, 2019 1:44 it made me want to yawn too 😂 Reply Paja Patak August 24, 2019 my eyes 👀 hurts too much because of this video Reply Alyssa chia August 25, 2019 I Reply Alyssa chia August 25, 2019 Ow! I pinched myself Reply Maxim Thomas August 26, 2019 bright side has 29mil subs Reply Golden Bears CLAN *Leader* August 26, 2019 I haven’t blinked for 8 years btw I’m 8 years old Reply Kacper Sabat August 27, 2019 Who else tried not to blink Reply XxSelinaRanixX September 1, 2019 This is immposibble Reply lia kitty star 113 September 1, 2019 If there was a unicorn and if I blink it would disappear 😂😂 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.