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You'll Never Flirt The Same After Watching This


Research finds 5 types of flirts; which are you?

Flirting is often how relationships start — and now there's a new way to tell just what kind of flirt you are.

A study in the October-December issue of the journal Communication Quarterly identifies five types of flirting behavior, based on responses from more than 5,020 adults over 18, with an average age of 39.8. Of the sample, 52% were single, never married, and 43% were divorced but no longer in a relationship.

"The vast majority of the sample are people who would consider themselves to be on the market. The rest are casually dating," says co-author Jeffrey Hall, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. "The flirting styles inventory is for the very first stage of romantic development."

The study identifies five styles of flirting. Hall says every person uses a combination, but one style may be more dominant.

The styles are:

  • Physical: People who scored high on this type often develop relationships quickly, have more sexual chemistry and have a greater emotional connection to their partners. The relationships tend to focus more on sexual interest.
  • Traditional: These believe men should make the first move and women should not pursue men. Women are more likely to have trouble getting men's attention or to flirt and men take a longer time to approach a women. Both men and women with this style tend to be introverted.
  • Polite: The focus is on proper manners and nonsexual communication. People who favor this style are less likely to approach a potential partner and aren't flattered by flirting, but they do tend to have meaningful relationships.
  • Sincere: The style most often cited in the study. Relationships involve strong emotional connections and sexual chemistry and are typically meaningful; they are based on creating emotional connections.
  • Playful: People favoring the playful style often flirt with little interest in a long-term romance, but they find flirting fun and enhancing to their self-esteem. They are less likely to have important and meaningful relationships and this is the type that is most uncommon.

Hall says the idea of the study isn't to suggest one flirting type is better than another.

"One is more effective than another, depending upon what you want to achieve," he says. "For example, a playful flirt is more likely to have short-term relationships. People with a playful style of flirting are effective in having that type of relationship but may find it difficult to let people they're interested in know they want something more."

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