Want to know best ways of flirting? This scientific study might help

New DelhiEdited By: Manas JoshiUpdated: May 07, 2022, 06:05 PM IST

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Researchers from US and Norway worked together on this (professionally of course) to know which flirtation technique works best

This f-word is definitely not a taboo. We flirt consciously or otherwise and the eternal game goes on. Some of the best literature can be (rather unceremoniously) summed up as flirting gone on for some 500 pages. 

When we witness someone interesting, our eyes talk, words are measured (or not depending on the perceived preference), our body language changes. 

So it's a bit of a buzzkill when we don't get the number.

What went wrong? We can ponder this for years if we choose to.

But this scientific study might help you. Researchers from US and Norway worked together on this (professionally) to know which flirtation technique works best.

So 415 men and women in Norway and 577 in the US were given questionnaires. They were asked about what they found attractive in the opposite sex.

It was found that for men, flirtation tactics which indicated generosity and commitment worked best. Indications of willingness to have intimate conversations and spending time together worked best. It was found that reining in urge to have sex worked well for men.

For women, somewhat opposite was found to be effective. While what they dressed played a part, a friendly touch during conversation was found to be effective as well.

But one thing that beat most other factors in terms of attractiveness. Both, men and women rated humour and ability to crack a joke high on the scale of attractiveness.

This study was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.

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