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As someone who has a girlfriend, I can tell you that I absolutely do not miss the rat race known as dating. Sure, being single is amazing—and obviously has its benefits—but when you find someone you care about and can grow and experiences things with, that's hard to beat. Ultimately, isn't that the end goal anyway?
For those single and looking for something like that, you may be in luck, because research published in Medical Daily is here to help you identify a few things that you can do in order to appear more attractive while flirting—even if you have little idea as to what you're actually saying.
- 1. Attain Facial Symmetry
Symmetry is regarded as an extremely attractive quality in the opposite sex as people tend to favor faces with more symmetrical features. A study in the journal Annals of Plastic Surgery found both men and women label symmetrical faces and bodies as more attractive, and in better health than their counterparts. Someone with good symmetry is shown to have the genetic goods to survive development, is healthy, and could be a good and fertile choice for mating.
- 2. Keep Good Posture
Even if you don’t have a symmetrical face, women find an improved body posture outweighs good looks, and an outspoken attitude, according to a Colorado College study. Standing up a little straighter is key when you’re about to talk to that special person because it exudes more confidence and shows you’re conscious of your bodily movements.
- 3. Keep Things Within An Arm's Length
The distance kept from the other person when flirting is important because this will affect their impression of you and your overall interaction. Typically, when people approach each other, they remain at a very distinct distance, called “social distance,” which is generally measured by arm’s length. It’s best for men, and women not to stand any closer than arm’s length because a natural inclination may be to move away. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to pay attention to the other person’s use of distance to decipher their reactions and feelings toward you.
- 4. Honesty
Honesty is the best policy, and this applies to flirting, too. Men and women, it’s time to throw away the clever one-liners and opt for the direct gambit lines—ones that are honest and get right to the point, according to a study published in the journal Sex Roles. Women were found to prefer innocuous lines such as “What do you think of this band?,” while men preferred direct opening gambits.
- 5. Keep Direct Eye Contact
Eye contact is known to be a universal method employed by both men and women to convey romantic interest. If someone you like looks away or stops making eye contact with you, chances are they are not interested in you. Also, avoid constantly staring at a person for a prolonged period of time as this can be considered borderline creepy and will most likely lead to naming calling and social isolation.
- 6. Provide A Gentle Touch
This flirting style is more physical than the other flirting strategies and should be done subtly, without leading to unnecessary groping. A study in the journal Social Influence found a simple shoulder push, shoulder tap, handshake is regarded as friendly and non-threatening, whereas a touch around the shoulder or waist, or forearm can be viewed as a more direct approach, and a face touch is considered to be “nuclear.”
For the full details and explanations of Medical Daily's research, head over to their website for more info.
Flirting really is an exact science—as one needs to know how to properly get the other person to feel comfortable and open up without coming on both too strong or too creepy—so these tips should help you seal the deal a little faster. Now go get after it, fellas!