From Our 2010 Archives
5 Flirting Styles: What Type of Flirt Are You?
How You Flirt Says a Lot About You and Your Chances at Love, Researchers Say
By Katrina Woznicki
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Nov. 1, 2010 -- Ever wondered what kind of flirt you might be? Researchers have identified five styles of flirting and they say understanding how you communicate romantic interest may help you improve your chances in love.
Jeffery Hall, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and colleagues found five main styles of flirting: physical, traditional, polite, sincere, and playful. Although they did not find any major gender differences in flirting styles, women scored higher on all styles except for playful.
Physical, sincere, and playful styles were associated with greater dating success. The physical and sincere styles were more likely to lead to deeper relationships with stronger emotional connection and physical chemistry.
"In some ways," Hall says in a prepared statement, "the very early part of developing relationships is important to the success of long-term relationships, including marriages."
The 5 Ways of Flirting
Hall recently completed research about the flirting styles of dating adults. He surveyed more than 5,100 men and women about their techniques. Survey participants were asked questions such as "I am good at using body language to flirt" and "In today's society, people have to be careful about flirting." Based on the responses, Hall grouped flirting styles into five categories:
"Knowing something about the way you communicate attraction says something about challenges you might have had in your past dating life," Hall continued. "Hopefully, this awareness can help people avoid those mistakes and succeed in courtship."
SOURCES: News release, University of Kansas.Hall, J. Communication Quarterly, October-December 2010; vol 58: pp 1-29.