The most flirtatious people get the most attention
The person who gets the most attention in a public place is not the most attractive but the most flirtatious.
On average, someone sending out 35 flirtatious signals per hour will be approached by four romantic prospects during that time period. Now, 35 signals per hour might seem like a lot, but whether she knows it or not, a good flirt sends out signals almost constantly--from something as simple as tilting her head to the side, stroking her arm, or leaning slightly toward the person she likes.
It takes three glances to send a signal
You'll have to look at someone three times before they'll get the hint that you're into them. One trick to get someone looking at you more often than they might otherwise, is to hold their gaze for two to three seconds. (That may not sound like long, but if you time it, it will seem like an eternity; nonromantic glances last only 1.18 seconds on average.)
A smile with crow's feet is a good hint
A smile with crow's feet in the corner of the eyes is a sign that someone is genuinely happy. If someone's smiling at you and you don't see them, that means someone's forcing a “fake smile” and would rather not be talking to you. Smiles with crow's feet are the best to see, and to give.
Flirting is easier via email
With Facebook friends, Twitter followers and Skype video chats, it is now all too easy to flirt with strangers and engage in sexual fantasy. Digital dalliance has entered the mainstream.
For instance, sexting — sending sexually suggestive text messages or photos — is usually thought of as a teenage pastime. But according to a report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project based on a representative sample of 2,252 adults surveyed by telephone in May 2010, it is far more common among people ages 18 to 29.
Nearly one-third of that group say they have received sexually suggestive or nude photos of someone they know, and 13 percent say they have sent them, the report said.
Sometimes, flirty gestures aren't what they seem
Research has shown that men tend to routinely mistake friendly behavior for flirting.
The direction of the feet may give you a clue
Feet typically point in the direction they want to go, so if someone's feet are pointed toward you, that's good. If they're pointed away from you, that's bad. If someone's feet are pointed in toward each other, that “pigeon toes” stance is actually a good sign, since it's a subconscious attempt to shrink in size and appear harmless, approachable ... which may very well mean someone likes you, a lot.
Mimicry is a sign of attraction
We mimic the actions of people we're attracted to. So if you want to gauge whether someone's attracted to you, check your watch—then see if they check theirs. Or scratch your arm, then see if they scratch theirs. Or cross your legs, and see if they cross theirs. This means they're subconsciously trying to get in sync with you, which is a good sign.
Flirting is good for your health
Studies show that flirting men and women have more white blood cells in their body. These cells are known to boost immunity and overall health.
Watch out, you can overdo it
According to the Social Issues Research Centre, the most common mistake people make when flirting is maintaining too much eye contact.
Friendly or flirty?
Friends may act friendly, but flirters will flaunt their assets. That's why women will fiddle with or flip their hair, or find an excuse to “parade” in front of someone by strutting toward the bathroom, or lick their lips. Meanwhile, men may stretch, or stuff their hands in their pockets, which conveniently broadens their chest.
Guest post by Donna G.