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August 12, 2005

Flirting really doesn't pay, based on research done at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The researchers came to their conclusion after interviewing 164 women with master's degrees in business. The group was just about evenly divided between those who did and those who didn't admit to workplace flirting.

The women who said they didn't flirt or wear provocative clothing on the job were found to receive an average of three promotions during their careers and earned between $75,000 and $100,000 annually. The others received an average of two promotions and were paid between $50,000 and $75,000.

None of the women who admitted to workplace flirting were what the New Orleans Times Picayune described as "Betty Boops." They said they used flirtation infrequently. The highest possible measure of office flirting would have been 70 points, but no woman scored higher than 32, the researchers said.

"There wasn't a lot of this kind of activity, but when it comes to sex as a tool, a little seems to go a long way--and in the wrong direction," Tulane psychology professor Arthur Brief remarked.

The Times Picayune noted that the study did not look at men who use their sexuality to try to get ahead.

Source: Times Picayune

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