Flirting may be an art, but identifying what type of flirt you are is science. After studying 5,000 online daters, between 18 and 96(!), five types of flirters revealed themselves.
Most people are a flirtatious mix, but we all have one or two dominant types. The better you know which one(s) you are, the more likely you are to realize when someone's flirting with you. See if you can identify yourself below.
- Traditional: Do you think men should make the first move, and women shouldn't pursue men? You may feel like you attract the wrong element, getting crudely hit on by strangers (though traditionalists are prone to reading friendliness as flirtatiousness), yet feel clueless about getting the attention of guys you do like.
- Playful: Is flirting fun, harmless, and at times meaningless for you? Playful flirts tend to be extroverts who enjoy flirting for attention and favors with a gift for unintentional flirting.
- Physical: Unlike playful flirts, you're always aware of flirtation. You have a way with your body — read up on body language — and you'd probably say you're a good flirt. You know what you want, and you know how to get it.
- Polite: Most women hate catcalls, but you find nearly any unsolicited male attention a turnoff. You believe people shouldn't flirt unless they have serious intentions. And while you may feel like you get less attention than playful or physical flirts, know that you're more likely to have a meaningful relationship.
- Sincere: Flirting to you is all about chemistry. After all, getting to know another and making a connection is the most sincere form of flirting.
Still not sure? Answer the questionnaire the study used, then come back and tell us your results.