Dating trends inspire us again and again. And so „Beige Flags“ represent another current hype in this area. Previously known only as „red flags“ or „green flags“, the range of terms is now being expanded to include so-called „beige flags“. This refers to bores, introverts or simply uninteresting dating partners, who are given a negative (symbolic) label with „Beige Flag“.
„Beige Flag“ is thus a typical trend term that is becoming more and more widespread in dating, on dating portals and in spoken everyday language. However, instead of being limited to this area, „Beige Flags“ is now increasingly used in other areas as well.
However, the term „beige flags“ is still comparatively unknown in this country, which is why the following article is intended to explain the term in detail. In addition to a comprehensive definition of the term, its origin, concrete examples, a social classification and critical considerations will be presented.
Definition of „Beige Flags“
Thus, the „beige flag“ is the counterpart to the „red flag“ and the „green flag“ and is somewhere in between.
Someone who uses the expression „Beige Flag“ often wants to say that a thing, person or situation seems very boring, uninteresting and not very productive. The „Beige Flag“ can therefore be understood as an expression of boredom and dislike, also considering that the color beige is considered to be quite conservative and not very eye-catching.
Word origin and meaning of „Beige Flags“
The word origin of „Beige Flag“ cannot be traced back exactly in time. However, it is believed that this dating trend originated in the United States and gradually spilled over to Europe over the past two to three years. „Beige Flag“ has since established itself primarily in the dating environment, but is now also making its way into unfamiliar areas, such as at work or in everyday life.
A „Beige Flag“ can be understood as an averse attitude towards a person, thing or situation. While the signal color green often stands for positivism and affirmation, the signal color red rather stands for aversion and danger. Beige, on the other hand, is not a signal color. Nor can any particular emotion be associated with this color, and it is therefore considered boring and dreary. A „beige flag“ must therefore mean neither something good, nor something bad. It simply lacks temperament, individuality and spice.
What are the characteristics of „Beige Flags“?
„Beige Flag“ has a strong negative connotation, especially in the dating environment, while the expression tends to resonate with a neutral attitude in other areas. Someone labeled a „Beige Flag“ usually exhibits a typical mainstream attitude, an uninteresting personality, and a certain closed-mindedness (or low openness). Within the following subsections, the typical characteristics of a „Beige Flag“ will be examined in more detail.
A „beige flag“ is characterized above all by mainstream characteristics, such as the use of mainstream slogans. These are hackneyed and unimaginative sayings that do not provide the listener with any new as well as inspiring input. They are therefore perceived as boring and dull. At the same time, mainstream sayings ensure that the individual personality and preferences of the dating partner in Spe remain rather hidden (this thus still really reveals for personal of itself).
Another characteristic of a „Beige Flag“ can be their personality, which is considered boring and unattractive. This is characterized by predictable behaviors, traits and habits that are also perceived as mainstream and not very sexy. Uninteresting personalities also often work in rather reasonable jobs and do not have exciting hobbies, such as extreme sports. Consequently, conversation with „Beige Flags“ also tends to be characterized by irrelevant and generic content.
Another typical feature of „beige flags“ is their low level of openness. This means that they reveal very little about themselves. This means, for example, personal information from the life of the „Beige Flag“. But also secrets, exciting experiences or other fantasies are often not mentioned by the „Beige Flag“ in conversations, flirts or during dates.
Social classification of the term „Beige Flag“
The term „Beige Flag“ is still comparatively young and is therefore only used by a fairly young target group. Socially, the term „Beige Flag“ can therefore be assigned primarily to the generations „Millenials“ as well as „Y“. At the same time, people on dating portals are generally more familiar with this term than people who have little to do with online dating. The term „beige flag“ tends not to be understood by older people. For them, there are – if at all – still only the two terms „Red Flag“ and „Green Flag“.
Criticisms of the term „Beige Flag“
Although the term „Beige Flag“ is a comparatively harmless term for a boring dating partner, it has numerous critics. These criticize above all that the personality of a person can not be seen through completely on the first date. Many people are also rather reserved and shy during dates and only gradually thaw out. However, the people in question would never get to this stage, as these would already be labeled as „beige flags“ in advance and thus sorted out as potential dating or relationship partners. Furthermore, many critics believe that „Beige Flag“ is just another one of countless new dating trends that only an initiated group of users really understands.
Conclusion on the topic of „Beige Flag“
So, to sum up, a „Beige Flag“ is a boring person who is not eligible for another partnership and is characterized by superficial sayings and attitudes and an overall uninteresting personality. „Beige Flags“ are a characteristic of a lack of affection and toning down. The term is used primarily in the dating context – read: dating portals, too.
The terms „Red Flag“ or „Green Flag“, for example, are related to the term „Beige Flag“. Another trend from the dating sector is „workout wooing“, in which potential dating partners get to know each other either randomly or involuntarily during a joint workout in the gym.