Charles Francis Badini created the Original Fanology or Ladies' Conversation Fan which was published by William Cock in London in 1797.
Additionally, Messman and colleagues’ study provided support for this hypothesis; it demonstrated that, the more one was physically attracted to a person, the higher the chances one would flirt with them.
Flirting in the goal of signalling interest appears as a puzzling phenomenon when considering that flirting is often performed very subtly.
There also appears to be gender differences in flirting motivations.
Many people flirt as a courtship initiation method, with the aim of engaging in a sexual relationship with another person.
Double entendres (where one meaning is more formally appropriate, and another more suggestive) may be used.
Body language can include flicking the hair, eye contact, brief touching, open stances, proximity, and other gestures.The fan was extensively used as a means of communication and therefore a way of flirting from the 16th century onwards in some European societies, especially England and Spain.A whole sign language was developed with the use of the fan, and even etiquette books and magazines were published.Flirting can involve non-verbal signs, such as an exchange of glances, hand-touching, and hair-touching; or verbal signs, such as chatting, giving flattering comments, and exchanging telephone numbers in order to initiate further contact.Many studies have confirmed that sex is a driving motivation for flirting behaviours.In fact, evidence shows that people are often mistaken in how they interpret flirting behaviours.