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Can you recognize flirting? Survey says: probably not

flirtingLAWRENCE, Kan. — Can you recognize flirting when you see it? A new study says many people simply can’t.

Researchers at the University of Kansas brought together 52 single college students, then had pairs of them sit alone in a room and talk together. Afterwards, the participants were asked specific questions about their exchange.

The researchers found that people do know when a person is not flirting with us. 80% of the participants got this right.

However, the study found that we are not as good identifying when a person is flirting with us. Only 36% of men and 18% of women interpreted this correctly.

The researchers say there is a big reason for this — flirtatious behavior is hard to identify. It’s done in not-so-obvious ways and takes a bit of time to recognize.

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3 comments

  • Joe

    Seattle is known as the ice cold with the lack of flirting and romance, but when you see all these people sitting around plugged in ignoring reality around them while the text, listen to music and facebook nothing in the real world will happen for them.