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Flirting or Not Flirting? Top 5 Signs That Men Mistakenly Think Flirting…But Is NOT

Sorry boys, these are not always signs that she’s flirting with you.

Flirting can be very confusing. It can be hard to tell if someone is giving hints that they are interested or if they are just being nice. So how can you tell if a woman is flirting with you or not? It’s one of those things that so many people do but don’t know how to identify clearly or understand! Whether you’re looking for a partner or just having a friendly talk with a coworker, someone may think you are flirting when you really aren’t.


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One Redditor commented, “If you smile at them and being polite, you’re flirting. If you don’t smile and keep a straight face, you’re ‘in a mood’ or ‘on your period.’”

Another added, “Smiling at them while wearing pretty things.”

Being Polite

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A user responded, “My husband thinks a woman greeting him or telling him good morning is flirting. So now it’s a running joke between us any time it happens.”

To which someone replied, “It’s being human. Social constructs dictate we behave as such as humans, so we do. That doesn’t mean I want to give you my number.”

Eye Contact 

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A Redditor suggested, “Eye contact. Sometimes I am just focused on the conversation.”

Another said, “Yeah, I was taught to look someone straight in the eyes because it shows that you’re confident.”


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One user added, “I always notice a fresh haircut on a guy, and I will usually comment on it, “nice haircut.” Men are commonly surprised that I noticed and seem to be flattered. I don’t do it to flirt; I just think guys deserve to feel sometimes noticed, too.”

To which a male user responded, “As a guy who rarely gets a comment on a fresh haircut. I appreciate it when someone says something.”

Being Friendly

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Another Redditor said, “If it’s literally my job to be nice and talk to you. It isn’t flirting I have to do it with everyone.”

Source: Reddit

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