As illustrated in the large number of high school yearbooks, high school students are quick to stereotype the behaviors of fellow students. One group of students might be labeled "geeks," another group, "jocks." And then there is a more feminine, though no more flattering type of description-flirt. Teen girls frequently use this term to downplay the attractiveness of another teen girl.
Why do teen girls tend to criticize the fellow teen that chooses to flirt? Teen girls know that the act of flirting can be a good way to attract boys, even boys that do not share that girl's chemistry. Only as they mature do teen girls come to realize that the flirtatious behavior that might bring two teens together does not always guarantee a long-lasting relationship.
What might encourage a young teen to flirt? Date-getting is one thing that would push a girl in that direction. A teen will flirt to catch the attention of a young man who might take her on an exciting date. Every girl knows that there exists the possibility that a date could lead to greater intimacy.
There is another reason that young teen girls often choose to flirt. Teen boys usually respond to flirting. Let's look at why teen boys take-notice of a flirt. Teen boys have inherited the male drive to seek a woman with a high reproductive potential. This is a drive that has existed since the very earliest civilizations. This is a drive that has fostered the practice of flirting.
After all, what are the signs that a female is reproductively of value? One factor is youth, and the other factor is the supple curvature of the female figure. That second factor can be easily-accentuated by practiced flirting.
What happens when a young man responds to a flirt? Date requests are a frequent result of flirtatious behavior. The desire for date requests is a primary reason for the use of flirting. Women do, however, have a variety of different reasons for choosing to flirt. Teen girls and women who have grown beyond the teen years might flirt for one of the following reasons:
- Women look to males to provide security for their offspring
- Women want to know more about a man than just his facial appearance and his body-build.
- Women hope that the flirting will entice a man to talk about his feelings and interests.
As women grow older they discover what most teens fail to understand. They come to realize that a man should not be judged by his wealth, his power, his status or his good looks. Those are qualities that might encourage flirting, but they are not proof that a man is a good, life-long partner. That is why older women seldom have their eye out for the flirt. Teen immaturity is what fosters the effort to experiment with flirting.
As women grow older, more and more women have chosen to search for men who display empathy, intelligence or a good sense of humor. As the number of elderly within society has begun to rise, then the practice of flirting has become less important. Maybe some day the word "flirt" will have lost its original meaning.