Can You Tell When Someone is Flirting? Researchers Classify the Most Effective Facial Cues Including Slight Smiles and Head Tilts
I remember reading a study in a copy of Reader’s Digest sometime in the 1990s, or maybe in the early 2000s, where researchers found that most men confuse platonic gestures or comments by women to be sexual or flirtatious.
As for me personally, I’ve had many men over my life confuse and mistake my platonic chit-chat or simple politeness as being flirting – then they start “hitting” on me, asking me out – and I hate it. It causes me to get annoyed and clam up. I did point blank tell one guy who did this to me one time that I was NOT flirting with him, I was just chit chatting.
by Dan Avery
Sept 14, 2020
When it comes to flirting, it’s all in a look.
Women give specific facial cues when they’re flirting, according to researchers at the University of Kansas.
The team used the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) to identify the most recognizable flirtatious facial expressions.
The technology, which describes facial movements, showed the most effective flirting cues include a head turned to one side and tilted down slightly, a slight smile, and eyes turned forward toward the target.