Flirting or Just Being Friendly? How to Tell the Difference Between the Two

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Among a bunch of people, it’s really hard to figure out whether they are just being friendly or trying to flirt. There can be times when your guts tell you that a person is flirting as they have a soft corner for you. However, this might not be the case all the time, leaving both of you in an awkward position.

Every now and then, we become confused and get mixed up by someone’s generosity and kindness. We decipher that as a sign of flirting or that they are in love with us. To break that bubble we ask that person and find out they are just being nice leaving us speechless and embarrassed. Just like this, we interpret someone’s flirt as a gesture of them being friendly. Like, why is it hard to tell whether someone is flirting or just being friendly?

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It’s easy to get mixed up between someone flirting or being friendly as there is a fine line between them. So fear not, as some of the Redditors have come up with the solution while some are just as speechless as we are. You might like some of the methods given by these Redditors to recognize a fine line between flirting or just being friendly.

1. “You don’t”

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2. “My method is:
Are they obligated to be friendly with me? (Retail worker, bartender, barista)
If yes, then no.
If no, then proceed to the next question.
Did they go out of their way to engage with me? (approach me when I’m minding my own business)
If yes, then yes.
If not, then maybe.”

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3. “If you are male and are trying to find out if a female is flirting with you, you can tell by her legs. If they are pointed away from you odds are she’s not interested. If they are behind your head, you’re in the clear.”

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4. “There is a way, and this is how:
You assume they’re flirting.
You receive their perceived flirt with respect and grace, you throw some of the same energy back their way but with a little extra sauce on it to see how they react.
They may then match your energy and toss it back to you with a bit more sauce.
Then you do it again.
And you both keep doing that until you’re f*cking.”

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5. “One person nice is another person’s flirting. I’ve been accused of flirting before when I had absolutely no intention of it.”

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6. “If they laugh at a joke you say that you know wasn’t that funny, it’s a good sign.”

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7. “If they kiss you and push you down, it’s flirting – probably”

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8. “You find out they were flirting weeks later when you think ‘f*ck me I’m a moron how did I not see it'”

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9. “I always assume it’s a socially friendly person. If it’s actually flirting they won’t stop until they get your attention.”

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10. “If they’re working, NEVER assume they’re flirting. They are required to be nice to you.”

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11. “Well for me, if I’m looking you in the eye, listening to you, and engaging you in conversation, I’m friendly. If I’m awkward, have trouble holding a conversation, looking away, and being weird, I’m flirting.”

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12. “Learn and observe body language.”

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13. “Maybe by picking up on patterns of behavior? But everyone has different ideas of how to flirt and what flirting is. I’ve been accused of flirting by exes when I was just trying to be really nice or funny.”

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Well, it’s really hard to interpret whether someone is trying to flirt or it’s just their nature of being friendly. Whatever it is, it’s best to approach them and draw a line just to be clear and prevent yourself from embarrassment.

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Anjali Magar

I am but a wandering frustrated youth that you could have run into just about anywhere.

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