Flirting can be more than fun

Published: November 16, 2010
There is a lot more to flirting than fun.

There is a lot more to flirting than fun.

There is a lot more to flirting than fun, according to a new research study that says finding success in romance depends in part on understanding your own personal “flirting style.”

Whether or not you prefer sidling up to a stranger in a bar or you’d rather sit back and wait for an object of attraction to approach are distinctions that once recognized can help people navigate the rocky seas of relationships, according to Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas.

Hall recently completed a study into styles of flirting among dating adults, surveying more than 5,100 people regarding their methods of communicating romantic interest.

“Knowing something about the way you communicate attraction says something about challenges you might have had in your past dating life,” Hall said. “Hopefully, this awareness can help people avoid those mistakes and succeed in courtship.”

Hall said there are essentially five styles of flirting: physical, traditional, polite, sincere and playful.

In physical flirting, people express their sexual interest in a potential partner and, he says, often quickly can develop the relationships, have more sexual chemistry and have a greater emotional connection to their partners.

Traditional flirts tend to believe that men should make the first moves, with women assuming more passive roles. Both sexes comfortable with this style seem to prefer more “intimate” dating scenes,, he said.

There are many people whose flirting styles fall into the category of “playful” and are aimed largely at enhancing their own self-esteem, Hall said. These people are less likely to have lasting and meaningful relationships, he added.

“In some ways, the very early part of developing relationships is important to the success of long-term relationships, including marriages,” he said.

Hall co-authored the article with Steve Carter, senior director of research and product development at online dating site; and other researchers.

You can take the quiz here.

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  • Sana Naseer Shaikh
    Nov 18, 2010 - 11:33AM

    It’s really 100% true! Most of the people now-a-days it’s more common in our society,I thought it was a bit harsh…This survey shows that there are some extremely disturbing attitudes swirling around our campuses, All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied. We’ve long been calling for better services for students who have suffered violence, and these results confirm not only that domestic abuse amongst students occurs far too often, but that students don’t know where to turn when it happens. It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction. Almost nothing is known from hybridization studies about the inheritance of courtship behavior of females, or of their responsiveness to particular male signals.THE Punjab University Academic Staff Association, seems to have divided over alleged sexual harassment case involving a senior faculty member,what-ever the real reasons are or how much it’s based on truth.But it’s really embarsment for teachers community as well as all of us. How parents send their daughters to universities for getting education & how they believe on the cradibility of universities.It’s demolished the image of universities. I also mention here about the cultural show held in LUMS recently, where exposed too much vulgarity, making fun & spreading nudeness at all. Badness is only spoiled goodness. Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything.Recommend

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