What constitutes bad flirting: An explorative study of dealbreakers

Menelaos Apostolou, Chrysovalanto Eleftheriou

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Flirting is essential for attracting mates yet, many people do poorly in it. Accordingly, the current research aimed to address the question what are dealbreakers in flirting. More specifically, by using open-ended questionnaires in a sample of 212 Greek-speaking participants, Study 1 identified 69 acts and traits that people find off-putting in flirting. Study 2, asked a sample of 734 Greek-speaking participants to rate how off-putting they found these traits in a partner. On the basis of participants' responses, these traits were classified into 11 broader flirting dealbreakers. The most off-putting ones, included having a slimy approach, bad hygiene, and not demonstrating exclusive interest. It was also found that women and older participants were more sensitive to almost all of the identified dealbreakers than men and younger participants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111665
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • Flirting
  • Flirting dealbreakers
  • Mate preferences
  • Mating


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