In fact, women with low and high interest gave off the same amount of solicitation signals.
Real interest was only discernable if women kept giving signals over time.
The amount of laughter itself did not indicate romantic interest.
Often the person doing the flirting is not sure whether the target of their affection will have similar levels of interests.
By cloaking their intentions in ambiguous flirting, the flirter can “test the waters” without being too vulnerable.
To determine what people do to show romantic interest in others, researchers had two opposite-sex strangers meet, and videotaped their interaction for 10 minutes.
Afterward, researchers asked each person about their romantic interest and matched it up with their behaviors during the interaction.
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Was that person just flirting with me? It could be after a pleasant exchange at the supermarket, a few shared glances at a coffee shop, or following a more involved conversation at a social event.
It is important to read these situations properly because the line between friendly and more than friends can be difficult to discern.
Afterward, researchers asked each person if they flirted during their interaction and whether they thought their partner flirted with them.
Participants accurately detected flirting only 28% of the time.
Later in the conversation, women who were interested tended to tilt their head, used more hand gestures, smiled a suggestive way, and were more likely to play with their clothing.
Overall, men were more interested in females than females were in them, and were most interested when they considered females physically attractive.
Men who were more interested tended to spend more time talking throughout the interaction. head-nodding) served as indicators to encourage or discourage men’s talking.