Archive for Monday, November 15, 2010

KU professor’s research shows flirting is important to outcome of relationships

Do you flirt? If so, what type of flirting do you do? Knowing your style can help if you struggle with relationships. 6News reporter Will DuPree tell us about a new KU study focused on flirting.

November 15, 2010


Don't dismiss flirting as unimportant.

A Kansas University researcher has found that the early part of developing relationships is often important to the success of long-term relationships.

Assistant communication studies professor Jeffrey Hall has surveyed more than 5,100 people about how they showed romantic interest.

He found that different flirting styles lead to different outcomes. For instance, people who flirt for fun and to enhance their self esteem are less likely to have important and meaningful relationships.

Hall says people might be able to avoid past dating mistakes by learning more about how they communicate attraction.

People interested in learning more about how they flirt can log onto the University of Kansas website and take a quiz. staff contributed to this story.


eotw33 7 years, 6 months ago

And in a more recent study researchers figured out they were waisting time and money on pointless common sense studies.

thepianoman 7 years, 6 months ago

LOL. God, isn't that the truth. What a waste of resources. And the point of this was????

KU_cynic 7 years, 6 months ago

Isn't a more likely explanation of the results that shallow and self-centered people will flirt in a manner consistent with those character traits, and that such people are less likely to have successful long-term relationships? In other words, it's not the message, it's the messenger. Teaching shallow self-centered people to communicate in ways that disguise their true selves is not likely to improve their long-term relationships.

And . . . . Thank you KU Department of Pop Psych and KU Public Relations for this puffery. This isn't exactly the kind of research that KU wants to emphasize in preparation for asking the state legislature for increased public funding from strapped Kansas tax payers. Doesn't take a soon-to-be hired vice-chancellor for public relations to see that. Or, distressingly, perhaps it does.

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Well, duh, so glad KU researchers can do something vitality important while wasting $$. Even better that LJW publishes it. Gives us anonymous numbnuts something to complain about.

SnakeFist 7 years, 6 months ago

Most academic research is highly esoteric and uninspiring. To a large degree, academia is nothing more than a government work project for really smart people who wouldn't make it in the real world.

Shardwurm 7 years, 6 months ago

This...ladies and why tuition will be $300 a credit hour soon. These kinds of breakthroughs are priceless!!!!

Slaphappy 7 years, 6 months ago

I pull the pockets outside my pants like elephant ears and ask the girl if she wants to see its trunk.

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