09 April, 2008

Why Flirting Doesn't Work

The male brain, it seems, is hopeless at picking up "come-on" signals, according to a report to be published next month. This leaves men impervious to the seduction techniques of the opposite sex.

A study by scientists at Indiana University tested 280 undergraduates of both genders on their ability to spot social signals.

They were shown photographs of women and asked to categorise them as friendly, sexually interested, sad or rejecting.

The male students were far less accurate than the females at interpreting the body language, and were particularly baffled by the difference between flirty and friendly gestures.

When shown images of women making advances, men tended to misread the sexual cues as friendliness. At the same time they mistook photos of women merely being friendly for sexual interest.

The researchers also found that women overestimate men's ability to pick up on sexual signals.


Anonymous said...

Well, I'll be darned!



Anonymous said...

was that I'm come-on? I'm not sure anymore...

Old Bogus said...
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Old Bogus said...

From photographs? WTF? That isn't flirting; that's voyeurism (or something).

Flirting is a physical and social interacting with someone (sometimes gender independent) to create a consensual sexual energy between the two of you.

Whether it goes beyond this is a whole 'nother subject.

lthrpup said...

I hope this explains my dry spell.