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18 Things You'll Only Know If You're Crap At Flirting

*Someone cute flirts with me* Me: Do you like clowns?

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1. The problem you have with flirting is that you never know if it's happening or not.

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2. So it's often up to your friends to point out the obvious.

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3. Even when you are aware of what's going on, you're just pretty hopeless at flirting back.

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4. Either you're too obvious...

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5. ...too subtle...

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6. ...or just plain weird.

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7. Sometimes, when the flirting is really stressing you out, you even end up insulting the other person.

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8. You're always jealous of people who know how to flirt.

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Teach me your ways!

9. Because it would make your dating life so much easier.

Date: I love dogs Me: [trying to think of something to impress her] my dad is a dog

10. Not to mention less stressful, because you wouldn't be constantly thinking about how awkward it might be, and the million different ways it might go wrong.

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11. Being put in a situation where you have to interact with a good-looking stranger fills you with dread.

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What if it all goes horribly wrong??! WHAT IF THEY KNOW I THINK THEY'RE GOOD-LOOKING?!

12. Because even though you can be a sociable person, the pressure of flirting is enough to make you forget how to be sociable at all.

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13. But nothing is scarier than having to go up to someone you like and actually let them know you like them.

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14. If you have a crush, it's basically impossible to have a normal conversation with them. You'd rather avoid them completely.

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15. So it makes it very difficult for things to move forward, because they never know if you're even interested in them.

16. Most of the time your version of flirting is just basic small talk.

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17. And if you really like someone, your naïveté can kill a sexy moment quick.

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18. But there are good sides to not being able to flirt properly – you're unwittingly an expert at dealing with fuckboys.

when he tells you to send nudes #WasteHisTime2016

And that is possibly a finer skill than knowing how to flirt.