"If we know more about what we do, and the likely outcomes of each style, then it may give us insight into why we end up where we do.

Sincere flirts, who like to create emotional connections and communicate a genuine interest in another, tended to agree with statements like: "I really enjoy learning about another person's interests," and "making a real connection with others can be exciting." Flirting and relationship experiences As might be expected, women scoring high on traditional flirtation were less likely to say they approached possible mates and more likely to mistakenly think someone was flirting with them.

They also had more trouble communicating their romantic interests and "getting noticed," they said.

For men, "higher traditional style is related to a longer prior relationship with the partner, which suggests traditional style men are more likely to wait until an existing relationship ends before flirting with a woman," the researchers wrote.

Whether your flirting style is playful or more traditional says a lot about your personality and could even help snag a date or get through a tough patch in a relationship, suggests a new study.

The research revealed five flirting styles people use when communicating with romantic others – playful, traditional, physical, sincere and polite.

Each approach leads to different experiences in the flirting world, with "polite" women saying they don't find getting hit on particularly flattering and that they have trouble getting guys to notice them.

"People often find themselves frustrated or unhappy with their ability to get others to notice them, for others to find them interesting, and for others to know they are interested in romance — not friendship or just a short-term hook-up," study researcher Jeffrey Hall, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, told Live Science.

For instance, individuals who strongly agreed with statements such as "men should pursue women, not the other way around" and "men should make the first move" are more likely than others to be traditional flirts.

Playful flirts, on the other hand, would be most likely to agree with statements such as "flirting is just for fun, people don't need to be so serious" and "flirting can be harmless fun." A polite flirt would be more likely than others to strongly agree with statements such as "people should be cautious when letting someone know they are interested" and "there are rules about how men and women should conduct themselves." Personality tests suggested physical and playful flirts were more likely to be extroverts than others, while traditional types leaned toward neuroticism.

The sincere style was positively related to openness and negatively related to neuroticism.

Statements such as "I am good at showing my sexual interest" and "I am good at using body language to flirt" would likely describe a physical flirt.