According to the research, one potential benefit of playing hard-to-get is attracting a higher-quality mate with the greatest level of commitment for a long-term relationship.

In the study, published in the European Journal of Personality, psychology researchers ran four different experiments to determine how and why people play hard-to-get and if or when it works in attracting a mate.

[Read: The right way to talk to a guy and make him like you] Firstly, you should know that playing hard to get gives men something to fight for.

Along with the happy feeling of wooing this woman, a man also gets an ego boost.

It was him that she chose after all that playing hard to get, and not anyone else, so what does this make him in her eyes, an alpha male of sorts.

But there were slight differences in strategies between the sexes.

When gals acted coy they tended 'not to call,' 'not to talk a lot,' and 'to stay busy,' more than guys did.

Ew, I hate the phrase "playing hard to get." What does it even mean for someone to "get" me? I mean, nobody likes a person who throws themselves at you.

To be fair though, remember that time I pretended to be busy the night a guy asked me out? And according to a recent study, daters still play hard to get it and it works to test out more high quality partners.

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Playing hard to get when dating a girl, as much as I seems “fake” or unfair, has been proven to be an effective way to attract and build strong interest in women. I am a real believer in “being yourself” in general. However, when it comes to dating, I believe it’s different.

A few years ago, I went on a couple of dates with a guy who was really into me, but I wasn’t that into him.