Most-Flirtatious Cities: Athens and Moscow

By: Bill Waters - Staff Writer
Published: Mar 2, 2021

Most-Flirtatious Cities. Most-flirtatious and surprising cities of the modern world includes Anthens ranking first. Moscow was ranked second, Rome placed 8th and Madrid 31st.

The study ranked 200 cities across the world and analyzed 12 million flirtatious contacts made during a month, with 108 million users chatting and flirting in 180 countries.

The Lonely Planet Encounter Guide to Athens author Victoria Kyriakopoulous said the results are hardly surprising as the Greek capital is a seductive city, with a hedonistic lifestyle.

“Athenians love to party and they love to talk,” she said. “Flirting and sexual banter are not just a means to an end but part of social interaction.”

She said the internet is just a new means to the age-old dance of attraction and love.

“Old people flirt, married people flirt, now young people are simply using technology to do what Athenians have always done.”

The average user in Athens initiated 25.7 online flirtations per month — over twice as many as in Rio (12.4) Warsaw (12.1) or Prague (12.6) and far more than in Paris (20.7), London (19.0), Berlin (17.7) or New York (16.1).

Tunis, birthplace of the “Jasmine Revolution,” is among three Arab cities (with Kuwait and Beirut) to make the world top 10, along with three former Soviet ones (Moscow, Kiev and Baku in Azerbaijan) and three Italian (Turin, Rome and Bari).

Plato said “Love is a serious mental disease.” The great man never shared his views on online flirting but he knew something at least about offline flirting, said Simon Hardy, British academic and author of “The Greeks, Eroticism and Ourselves.”

He said ancient Athenians may have honed the art of flirtation at drinking parties known as symposia, drinking parties where men flirted with dancing girls among other entertainment.


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