A Cross-Cultural Guide to Flirting

A Cross-Cultural Guide to Flirting

Brits are boorish, French flatter, Scandinavians play it cool, and Italians get intimate. Everyone does it, but how we flirt depends largely on our culture and a host of unspoken rules.

“Basically we are descended from a long line of successful flirts and it is hard-wired into our brains,” social anthropologist Kate Fox told AFP. “If we didn’t initiate contact with the opposite sex, then we wouldn’t reproduce, and the species would die out.”

Those searching for a soul mate or just for a bit of fun may welcome some guidelines to help in sharpening their skills, ready for a bit of banter and eyelash battering all in the hope of catching one of Cupid’s arrows.

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Katia Reed

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