Whether your flirting style is playful or more traditional says a lot about your personality and could even help snag a date or get through a tough patch in a relationship, suggests a new study.
The research revealed five flirting styles people use when communicating with romantic others – playful, traditional, physical, sincere and polite. Each approach leads to different experiences in the flirting world, with “polite” women saying they don’t find getting hit on particularly flattering and that they have trouble getting guys to notice them.
“People often find themselves frustrated or unhappy with their ability to get others to notice them, for others to find them interesting, and for others to know they are interested in romance — not friendship or just a short-term hook-up,” study researcher Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, told LiveScience.
“If we know more about what we do, and the likely outcomes of each style, then it may give us insight into why we end up where we do. It might help people emphasize different parts of their style to change their approach to romance,” he said, adding that most people are a mix of flirting styles with one type being dominant.