11 flirting tips to help you connect with a crush in no time

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Smiling và making eye tương tác is important. But one particular flirting technique almost always works for everyone và in every situation.

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Some people succeed at flirting more often than others. Plenty of people are obviously more attractive than the rest of us, but it also seems that a lot of them know what works. Now researchers do, too.Some people are experts at flirting. Others of us never flirt or fail spectacularly. But what kind of flirting is most effective?

One particular flirting technique almost always works for everyone và in every situation. More on that later, because not everything works every time.
“What’s most effective depends on your gender & whether the purpose of the flirtation is a long-term or short-term relationship,” says Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU).Kennair belongs to lớn a research group that has studied flirting in Norway and the USA and what people believe are effective tactics – và for whom and in what context.

The research group came from NTNU và from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania & State University of thành phố new york at Oswego.

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What’s most effective depends on your gender and whether the purpose of the flirtation is a long-term or short-term relationship.
We flirt… well, because of thisBut first: What exactly is flirting?“Flirting involves different signals that people send to lớn each other. It’s done khổng lồ attract potential partners. Men và women both flirt to lớn get the attention of a desired partner, and perhaps lớn achieve a sexual or thắm thiết result from it,” says Professor Kennair.

“Flirting can be done verbally as well as non-verbally says T. Joel Wade, a Presidential Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University in the USA,” a co-author of the study.We basically flirt to lớn attract a potential partner, regardless of whether we stop before it gets that far or not.So what works? Let’s look first at what works sometimes, but not always & not for everyone.

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We basically flirt to lớn attract a potential partner, regardless of whether we stop before it gets that far or not.

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Gender and purpose at play

“People consider signals that you’re sexually available to lớn be the most effective for women who are looking for a short-term relationship,” says Kennair.Friendly liên hệ like hugging or a kiss on the cheek doesn’t work in that context. Women who just want a short-lived fling from flirting need to signalize this clearly lớn the potential partner.A completely different tactic works in another mating context.The study shows that “signs of generosity và a willingness to commit works best for men who are looking for a long-term relationship,” says professor và colleague Mons Bendixen.

Men who want khổng lồ keep a partner for a longer period of time, perhaps for life, should not come across as stingy/ungenerous or as someone who prefers to change partners frequently.

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If you need to flirt, but feel unsure about how lớn proceed, then humor is something you should put in your toolkit. But maybe you shouldn’t start with that.
Strongest flirting weapon for anyoneBut the most powerful weapon in the flirtation arsenal might come as a surprise to people who don’t have it. This weapon almost always works khổng lồ some degree for everyone.Humor.

“People think that humor, or being able to make another person laugh, is most effective for men who are looking for a long-term relationship. It’s least effective for women who are looking for a one-night stand. But laughing or giggling at the other person’s jokes is an effective flirtation tactic for both sexes,” says Kennair.

“It is not only effective khổng lồ be funny, but for women it is very important that you show your potential partner that you think they are funny” Rebecca Burch, a co-author from SUNY Oswego, US, added.If you need lớn flirt, but feel unsure about how lớn proceed, then humor is something you should add to your toolkit. But maybe you shouldn’t start with that.“Smiling & eye contact are important. Then you can build your flirting skills from that base, using more advanced tactics,” Kennair says.


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“Smiling & eye liên hệ are important. Then you can build your flirting skills from that base, using more advanced tactics.” – Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair
Supports previous findingsThe researchers applied sexual strategies theory as a framework lớn their work. Variants of this theory have also been used in other contexts that deal with how men & women proceed to lớn find partners. This is the first time the theory is being used khổng lồ examine flirting effectiveness.“The findings fit perfectly with what we know from the literature on self-promotion. It also seems that flirting is largely the same in the US và Norway,” Kennair says.Mostly these are the same flirting techniques that people believe are effective in both Norway và the USA. Flirting is only culturally dependent to a lesser extent, such as in people’s body language, the initial tương tác and in the degree of generosity.

This indicates that effective flirting is largely universal, which is not surprising since the motivations for finding a mate are partly biological, Wade says.However, this also shows that people fine-tune their flirting techniques depending on what is emphasized in their culture, which is a smart, flexible strategy, Burch adds.ApproachThe researchers surveyed close khổng lồ 1000 students in Norway và the USA. The participants rated how effective 40 different types of flirting were for a long-term or a short-term relationship, and whether the flirter was male or female. Participants were randomly assigned to the four versions of the questionnaire.The researchers took into account the participants’ extroversion, age, religiosity, how willing the person was lớn have a relationship & “mate value,” that is, how attractive you are in the dating market.

“Individual differences in age, religiosity, extroversion, personal attractiveness và preferences for short-term sexual relationships had little or no effect on how effective respondents considered the various flirting tactics khổng lồ be,” says Bendixen.Our personality may therefore be less relevant in how we judge flirting behavior in others.“However, we vì chưng believe that personal characteristics affect the type of flirting people employ themselves,” says Bendixen.Reference: “Perceived Effectiveness of Flirtation Tactics: The Effects of sex, Mating Context và Individual Differences in US và Norwegian Samples” by Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, T. Joel Wade, Miriam Tekeste Tallaksen, Trond Viggo Grøntvedt, Andrea M. Kessler, Rebecca L. Burch & Mons Bendixen, 25 March 2022, Evolutionary Psychology.DOI: 10.1177%2F14747049221088011