First, that depends on whether your partner notices or not, and what they think about the encounter – are they threatened by it?
Second, it depends on the meaning you give to it and how the encounter affects your future behavior.◊♦◊I used to think that most men thought it was not a smart thing to flirt with another woman in front of their partner.
When out at a party, someone gives you a little attention, you lap it up and return the vibe.
A playful little encounter occurs – what harm could come of it?
Challenges (teasing, questions, qualifying, feigned disinterest) serve to increase tension and test intention and congruity.
Flirting behavior varies across cultures due to different modes of social etiquette, such as how closely people should stand (proxemics), how long to hold eye contact, how much touching is appropriate and so forth. For example, ethologist Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt found that in places as different as Africa and North America, women exhibit similar flirting behavior, such as a prolonged stare followed by a head tilt away with a little smile. The Oxford English Dictionary (first edition) associates it with such onomatopoeic words as flit and flick, emphasizing a lack of seriousness; on the other hand, it has been attributed to the old French conter fleurette, which means "to (try to) seduce" by the dropping of flower petals, that is, "to speak sweet nothings".
In other words, your flirting is very upsetting to them.
Flirting has been a problem for some of them, especially the married ones. Some people believe that once married you should never flirt. I can think of a number of reasons like: your partner may find it insulting, they may wonder what your intentions are, they may feel you don’t care, that you are insensitive, that you are looking for something better, that you are unsatisfied, and that his or her feelings don’t count for much.
In most cultures, it is socially disapproved for a person to make explicit sexual advances in public, or in private to someone not romantically acquainted, but indirect or suggestive advances (i.e. Flirting usually involves speaking and behaving in a way that suggests a mildly greater intimacy than the actual relationship between the parties would justify, though within the rules of social etiquette, which generally disapproves of a direct expression of sexual interest in the given setting.In other words, when playing with fire, there is always the potential to get burned. I have seen buddies of mine push the envelope when flirting and getting themselves into hot water with their spouses by being a little too obvious in their engagement with other women.Many of you know or have heard of people whose flirting ended with a sexual liaison that ended in a destroyed marriage.It could be many things.◊♦◊What is most important is for the couple to communicate with each other their definition of flirting, what it means to them, and how it affects them when they see their partner flirting.
Ultimately, it is an opportunity for deepening your connection with the one you love and deciding when, where, and how flirting is going to play out in the relationship.
For example, when courting my current partner, I flirted with her and I was serious in my intentions (we have since been in a relationship for sixteen years).