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31 March 2008

You don't mean that

Not that I could tell, one way or another:

The male brain, it seems, is hopeless at picking up "come-on" signals, according to a report to be published next month. This leaves men impervious to the seduction techniques of the opposite sex.

Well, it's always seemed that way to me, anyway.

A study by scientists at Indiana University tested 280 undergraduates of both genders on their ability to spot social signals. They were shown photographs of women and asked to categorise them as friendly, sexually interested, sad or rejecting.

The male students were far less accurate than the females at interpreting the body language, and were particularly baffled by the difference between flirty and friendly gestures.

A British author notes:

Best-selling author Kathy Lette said the research proved that women are far more fluent in body language.

"It is really confusing for women," she said. "The average bloke either doesn't realise that we fancy him until we are giving birth to his children in the labour ward; or he presumes all women fancy him all the time."

On the other hand, we below-average blokes don't worry about such things: we assume we will be spurned, and we go back to work.

(Via Fark.)

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'The average bloke either doesn't realise that we fancy him until we are giving birth to his children in the labour ward; or he presumes all women fancy him all the time.'" (Via Dustbury and Anna Broadway.)...[read more]

I interpret the seemingly ambiguous signals depending on distance and circumstance. If she's far away, I can imagine she's flirting because she doesn't see me that clearly and anyway there's no chance of having my conclusion disabused.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:50 AM on 31 March 2008

It was only after graduating High School, and going off to the wonderful world of Navy Life, that I found out how many girls did at the very least liked me / thought I was nice looking. Had no idea I even registered on ANYONES meter (though I did dream about .... well, that's another topic altogether). Perhaps if they had used smoke signals?

Posted by: Guy S at 12:56 PM on 31 March 2008

What's wrong with simply saying it?

Posted by: unimpressed at 5:58 PM on 31 March 2008

What's wrong with simply saying it?

Takes all the fun out of it, I reckon.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:48 PM on 31 March 2008