In a more specific scenario. If a stranger approaches you and politely says that he/she thought you are attractive and asks for your number. How would you feel, even if you're not interested and your answer is negative? Flattered? Disgusted? Angry? Confident?
Please, satisfy my curiosity!
Most Helpful Girl
This is very context-dependent, but generally speaking, I'd be flattered, albeit with a dose of social anxiety (that's just the introvert in me, though).
Settings in which I'd be uncomfortable, fearful, and/or disgusted would be, for example, getting approached while walking by myself somewhere dark and/or isolated. I also wouldn't appreciate it if the guy made lewd/sexual remarks or was being persistent after I said no.
And I would, in all circumstances, say no.
I don't give my number out to strangers, regardless of how attractive they are or how charming of a compliment they give me, so my reaction would be to thank them for the compliment and politely decline their request for my number.1
Most Helpful Guy
Definitely depends. If it's a girl that i'm definitely not attracted to i'd be happy and i'd admire them for at least telling me but i would politely say i'm not really into them. It's always sweet when you know someone likes you/finds you attractive whether you're a man or a woman. It can increase your confidence. It's never happened to me but if it did that's how i would feel.1