Finally, psychology is focusing on the important things: flirting. Researchers at the University of Kansas have been busy interviewing a ton of people about their flirting styles and dating histories, and they've managed to solve some of the mysteries of dating.
Dr. Jeffrey Hall not only identified five main styles of flirting, but he also matched them up with the kinds of relationships those flirts lead to. And — surprise! — he found no difference between male and female flirters of each style. Hall teamed up with the University of Kansas and interviewed men and women about their flirting styles and dating histories.
Read all about the five styles of flirting to find out where you fit in.
1. Physical flirts: They aren't afraid to express sexual interest in their targets. These flirters fall headfirst into relationships quickly, and have a lot of emotional connection and sexual chemistry.
2. Traditional flirts: They have old-school values. They think that men should pursue women, and male traditional flirters usually get to know a woman as a person before they try to date her. Traditionally flirty women report having a hard time getting men to notice them and are often less flattered by flirting in general, probably because, by their standards they can't really flirt.
3. Polite flirts: They follow all the rules and flirt non-sexually. They're sometimes slow to approach people they're interested in, but once they get into a relationship, those relationships are pretty meaningful.
4. Sincere flirts: They want to know how you're doing. They have sincere interest in who you are and want to make an emotional connection. This style was only slightly favored by women over men. The relationships of sincere flirts tend to be meaningful and full of emotional oneness.
5. Playful flirting: They are the least likely to have their flirting end in a meaningful relationship. These flirters often enjoy this style as a way to boost their own self-esteem.