LONDON –The home of Socrates,
Plato and Aristotle is the “most flirtatious city” of the modern
world, according to a new study.
Athens topped a “World
Flirtation League,” which ranked cities by the number of online flirtations
initiated per month by the average user in each on online social networking
site Badoo.com (www.badoo.com).
Moscow came second, while Rome
placed 8th and Madrid 31st, Paris 38th, London 57th, Berlin 79th, and New York
89th in the study of nearly 200 cities across the world in which Badoo 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.
The average Badoo 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).