It involves curiosity, humor, imagination, and empathy.
Flirting is subtle: it is typically not an explicit sexual activity, but rather an enjoyable, gentle prelude or substitute for it.
Miss Etiquette indicates that the meaning of flirting is to be playfully romantic; to speak or act in a playful or flirting way; or to toy with.
Her colleague Miss Manners considers flirtation "a gentle amusement," an activity that should be harmless and not lead to anything.
Some findings indicate that flirting at the workplace makes people more comfortable around each other.
Flirting may help to reduce loneliness and boost one's ego and self-confidence.
One survey found that most working women believe that flirting is good for their health and confidence.
Flirting may develop into a sexual relationship, but then it stops being flirting in the sense discussed here.
And sometimes explicit sexual talk is considered more offensive than are certain activities involving physical contact, such as kissing and hugging.