International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Is This Seat Taken? The Importance of Context During the İnitiation of Romantic Communication
Kerry Anne McBain, Lena Hewitt, Teagan Maher, Melinda Sercombe, Shannon Sypher, Grace Tirendi

The current study, with a sample of 697 adults, examined individual differences in the communication of romantic interest with a specific focus on the relationships between flirting styles and the context in which the flirting interaction takes place. It also investigated gender differences in the use of flirting behaviors in a range of environments. A series of behavioral descriptors based upon five styles of communicating romantic interest was used to investigate individual differences in flirting behaviors utilized in eight different environments. Our results indicated relationships between the five flirting styles and their behavioral descriptors and provided evidence of the repertoire of behaviors utilized to communicate romantic interest in a variety of areas. Some gender differences were elaborated

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