Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Art of 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 hardwired into our brains," social anthropologist Kate Fox told AFP.

In Britain, flirting tends to be alcohol-fuelled to cover up fears of intimacy and rejection.

"The British male is either reticent, tongue-tied and awkward, or boorish and crass, and he usually consumes too much alcohol," Ms Fox said.

"English male flirting tends to be very circuitous, and involves a lot of insults rather than compliments.

"I've had to explain lots of times to foreign friends that 'silly cow' can really be a term of endearment," added the Oxford-based researcher who has just published a book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour.

British girls, used to the drunken pub environment back home, can be taken aback during trips across the Channel to France, unused to a sudden rush of compliments and open flirtation.

Full article here.


Jacqueline said...

In Sweden, visitors may be deceived into thinking that flirting does not exist, since two strangers rarely exchange glances, a wink or a telling smile. But come the weekend, Swedes, both men and women, let loose. Do not expect sophisticated romance though, as it is not unusual for an inebriated Swede to immediately ask the woman who has caught his eye if she wants to have sex.

C'est vrai.

Pamer said...

I must be Swedish?!?!