Is it Rude to Wear Sunglasses While Talking to Someone?

Wearing sunglasses is something most of us do at least from time to time.

Some of us even wear them inside, for some reason or another (I blame too much television and YouTube), because we think it’s cool.

But, cool or not, is it rude to keep your sunglasses on, like Arnie in the late 80s, or Biden for the past half-century, while talking to someone? Read on and find out! 

Is it Rude to Wear Sunglasses While Talking to Someone?

Wearing sunglasses while talking to people varies in rudeness levels depending on where you are if you are indoors or outdoors if the sun is in your face if the other person is wearing sunglasses and more. 

Generally speaking, it is only rude to wear sunglasses while talking to someone if you are indoors or there is no need for them. 

It is especially rude to keep your sunglasses on while you are talking to someone and they are not wearing sunglasses themselves.

How Rude Is it?

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On a scale of 1 to 10, wearing sunglasses while talking to someone rates 5 on the rude meter. Why does wearing sunglasses while you talk to someone rate halfway up the rude meter? 

Easy: if you are outside, in the sun, it’s not rude to keep your sunglasses on while you talk. 

If you are inside, there is no need to keep your sunglasses on while talking to someone, but it is now considered rude to do so because you are hiding your eyes while the other person’s eyes are naked.

Why is it Rude?

It is rude to wear sunglasses in a few circumstances; if you are indoors, if the sun is not shining in your face, and if the other person is not wearing sunglasses (and there is no need for them). 

In other words, it is ok to talk to people while wearing sunglasses, when you actually need them. Otherwise, wearing sunglasses while talking to someone is seen as a way to hide your eyes (and possibly your intentions or how sincere you are).

Why is it Not Rude?

It isn’t considered rude to wear sunglasses while talking to someone if they are also wearing sunglasses, the sun is in your eyes, or you are only exchanging a few words or sentences. The main time it is rude is when you are talking at length indoors, or when there is no sun shining directly in your face.

Common Questions

Why is it rude to wear sunglasses indoors?

It is generally considered rude to keep your sunglasses on while talking to someone because they can’t see your eyes. It is that simple. When people can’t see your eyes, they can’t see how sincere or honest they look. 

How rude is it to talk with sunglasses on?

It is pretty rude to talk with sunglasses on if the other party is not also wearing sunglasses or eye protection. Talking with sunglasses on your face indoors, or during group meetings, is especially considered rude. The bottom line is, when people talk to others, they should show their eyes whenever possible.

Why do people care if you wear talk to them with sunglasses on?

People care if you are wearing sunglasses while carrying on a conversation because they want to see your eyes. If someone can’t see your eyes, and you continue talking with them, they are likely to be offended and find it rude.