Though everyone craves attention, this urge is frequently seen negatively by our society.

From a technical point of view, attention does wonders for our development and social skills. Plus, it shields vulnerable people, like the elderly and those with illnesses, from potential isolation.

That said, whether we crave it to feel good about ourselves or otherwise – all reasons are valid, so why should we be so ashamed to recognize it?

Even though everyone is aware of how nice it is to have someone's undivided attention, the issue is that not many folks know how to utilize it wisely, especially those individuals who try to impress someone with whom they want to develop an intimate relationship (yes, I'm talking to you, you flirtatious kings and queens). 

Well, today, Bored Panda decided to gather a collection of hilarious tweets that summarize what it's like to be hit on by a typical straight man. 

Image credits: Tony Alter (not the actual photo)

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh no! Do other men know this chat up line? I thought only I knew it? Passed down to me from Father to son, for me to pass on to my future male offspring?

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First and foremost, the definition.

The brains of the internet, Wikipedia, describe the term flirtation as a "social and sexual behavior involving spoken or written communication, as well as body language, by one person to another, either to suggest interest in a deeper relationship with the other person, or if done playfully, for amusement" – in short, a person's acts that usually indicate a playful sexual interest in another.

Now, you may not know this, but flirting provides a number of benefits for your health; for instance, it greatly impacts your self-esteem. Picture this, you've had a terrible week, called up your pals and proposed a nice outing to a bar; you flirt with strangers just for jokes, yet when they give you the same energy, you feel wanted and worthy. 

Ideally, we should be able to build that confidence without depending on people we'll likely never see again, but having a little fun never hurt anybody.

#2

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, not the point of the story, but the "Wanna have like sex"? Sounds like what he is offering is some poor alternative to sex.

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Human beings are social creatures; we are literally hardwired for connection. 

However, in order to establish that connection, we must communicate, and as many of you know, sometimes it's not as easy as it might seem, so this is where flirtation comes in handy.

Approaching people may be tricky, especially in the social media era when everyone is so used to being able to premeditate what they want to say, and, of course, for those who suffer from social anxiety. Initiating flirty small talk gives you the ability to step up your communication game, as during those moments you're not clouding your brain with the things you want to say next; instead, you're just going with the flow.

And as for those who struggle with anxiety, playful conversation helps to break down the barriers, and the idea of not having to get caught up in the potential "end goal" eases the nervousness that comes with the whole dating malarkey.

Now, let's talk about the stars of today's show – men. 

According to the "Flirting with Meaning: An Examination of Miscommunication in Flirting Interactions" study that was published back in 2004, in general, people tend to flirt for these exact reasons: sex, fun, exploring, esteem, and relational and instrumental motivations. Men, in particular, however, have a propensity to regard flirtation as more sexual than women do.

Could this be the cause of some guys' abject failure at flirting? Who knows, but we do know that if done wrong, it can be a tragedy.

#5

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Wow! You're feisty! I like a girl with spirit!" Just for those reading this post, yes I have crippled myself with self induced cringe.

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The thing is, you have to read the room before initiating a conversation.

Some individuals do a poor job, which frequently leads to trouble. Unwanted attention and inappropriate pick-up lines can turn the situation awkward real quick – and who knows, maybe you'll even get a drink or two thrown at your face.

While it would be a great help, there isn't a special guide that will turn you into a natural flirt, yet there are a few things you might want to keep in mind.

#7

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do you not like ducks? Why is duck censored?

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#8

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Astrius
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every comment under me sucks, here have this generic bland comment

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"And you are so original yourself!"

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If you're looking for a long-term connection, it's vital to keep your cool and not over-romanticize your approach. Hitting someone with a cheesy romance film quote will either turn them off or scare them away all together – so take a chill pill. 

Also, don't be a creep; no one likes a stranger that's being way too sexual. And while expressing interest through touch is a common tactic, be smarter and keep your hands to yourself.

Lastly, drop the "Where's my hug at?" Just drop it.

#11

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Natalie H
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You mean he’s willing to risk YOU if you allow it. What an a$$hole.

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#12

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Jihana
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And you sound so much better when you stay silent.

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We hope that you've enjoyed this somewhat icky yet incredibly humorous collection of flirting tactics. Let us know which one you dread the most!

#14

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Kathryn Baylis
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stems from the dangerous misguided observations of people who tell girls that if some boy is mistreating them it must mean they have a crush on them. You know, “Boys will be boys, tee-hee”. I never heard anything that reeks of horseshit more than coming to that dangerous conclusion. And I expect way better behavior from my MEN.

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#18

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Jihana
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A few months ago a really old men kind of flirted with me. He was easily 80 years old. But there was nothing creepy or sexual or weird about it. It was just fun and classy. I wished the younger generations would behave like that.

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#20

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Cecily Holland
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s the point you excuse yourself to the ladies room and leave via the back door

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#21

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such poetry! Such elegance! He is a silver tongued devil!

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#22

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Astrius
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hiding a comment, have this bland comment. Second time i have to do this, People suck.

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#24

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Lovemyisland ️
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate it when some men goes after us just because we're latinas. "Ooh, I like latinas", dude what about my personality.

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#25

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just the spelling & grammar in some of these is enough to make me hurl.

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Headless Roach
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg, so the time travel machine really worked!

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#27

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Natalie H
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After you mow my lawn and clean my gutters

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#28

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Robert B
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At 38 years old I am apparently a geezer. I missed out on the vibe thing. Darn

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#29

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Headless Roach
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What does that even mean? 'I unclogged the toilet today' - '🔥🔥🔥'

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