Parties Flirting is most socially acceptable at parties, celebrations and social occasions/functions. Christmas/New Year parties) a degree of flirtatious behaviour is not only socially sanctioned, but almost expected.
This is because most parties, celebrations, carnivals and festivals are governed by a special code of behaviour which anthropologists call 'cultural remission' – a temporary, structured relaxation of normal social controls and restrictions.
Flirting is much more than just a bit of fun: it is a universal and essential aspect of human interaction.
Anthropological research shows that flirting is to be found, in some form, in all cultures and societies around the world.
Learning-places are also particularly conducive to flirting because the shared lifestyle and concerns of students, and the informal atmosphere, make it easy for them to initiate conversation with each other.Flirting in drinking-places is, however, subject to more conditions and restrictions than at parties.In pubs, for example, the area around the bar counter is universally understood to be the 'public zone', where initiating conversation with a stranger is acceptable, whereas sitting at a table usually indicates a greater desire for privacy.We only become aware of the rules when someone commits a breach of this etiquette – by flirting with the wrong person, perhaps, or at an inappropriate time or place.Chatting up a widow at her husband's funeral, for example, would at the very least incur disapproval, if not serious distress or anger.Flirting is a basic instinct, part of human nature.