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Can you tell when someone is flirting with you?

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Researchers found that we are not very good identifying when a person is flirting with us. (Source: CNN) Researchers found that we are not very good identifying when a person is flirting with us. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - It's is an age old form of communication - flirting. But are you able to recognize it when you see it? A new study says a lot of us may be unknowingly turning a blind eye to these subtle attempts to catch our eye.

Researchers from the University of Kansas put the power of the flirt to the test.

They brought together 52 single college students and had pairs of strangers sit alone in a room and talk together. Afterwards the participants were asked specific questions about their exchange.

Researchers found that people do know when a person is not flirting with us: 80 percent of the participants got this right.

But they found that we are not as good identifying when a person is flirting. Only 36 percent of men and 18 percent of women interpreted this correctly.

Researchers say there is a big reason for this: flirtatious behavior is hard to identify. It's done in unobvious ways and takes a bit of time to recognize.

So, why did researchers do this story? They say it was for the single people out there, because missing these signals of flirting could be a big missed opportunity to connect with someone.

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