How to Know a Guy Is Flirting

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When a man likes you, rarely does he make it a secret. Flirting is a way of testing the waters to see if you are interested but without fully putting himself out on the chopping block. If you are looking for a man, there are some telltale signs the guy you like is flirting. Coincidentally, these can also be signs the guy you don’t like is in love with you, too.

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    Watch for eye contact. Normally, this starts out from across a room or a park or wherever you two may happen to be. If he holds your attention for more than a brief, accidental moment, it’s a fair guess that he’s flirting. The telltale sign is if the eye contact is followed by a smile.

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    Listen for him to pay you compliments. If he compliments your shoes or your hair, that’s a good sign that he's flirting. Those aren’t normal topics that men compliment others on, and this is a signal that he is paying closer attention to you than he does most other people.

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    See if his attention is focused on you. If he ignores everyone else in the room just for your attention, that’s a sign he is knee-deep in flirting. If his head is on a swivel looking for his friends or checking out other people, chances are he isn’t flirting.

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    Notice small touches as a sign. If he briefly puts his hand on yours when you tell a funny story or puts a hand on your shoulder when he asks if you want another drink, he is probably flirting with you.

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    Think about whether he is paying extra attention to you specifically. If he’s asking personal questions and wanting more information about you, he is probably seeking a deeper connection and subsequently flirting.

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