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Flirting Is All About Mixed Signals

The Daily Mail is at it again, this time with research from Indiana University that examines the way men and women understand social signals, specifically in relation to flirting. As it turns out, men were less likely to pick up on the typical social cues than women. The article explains:

When shown images of women making advances, men tended to misread the sexual cues as friendliness. At the same time they mistook photos of women merely being friendly for sexual interest.

Following suit, research showed that women tend to assume men pick up on body language far more than they actually do, leading women to incorrectly think that a guy isn't into her when in reality, he's just not getting the message. What I found most interesting about this is that sending mixed signals is not always a conscious choice, but more often than not, a simple issue of miscommunication. Do you agree? Do you think the problems and anxiety around dating might be a matter of inadvertent mixed signals?


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