The pick-up line. As women, when we hear these words we often recall memories of being on the receiving end of them. From ‘Did it hurt…’ to ‘You’d be really pretty without your glasses’, we’ve heard them all.
We’ve gagged over most of them. But whether we like it or not, a pick-up line is kind of a necessity when it comes to meeting new people. From our Tinder bio to the Instagram caption we hope our crush will see, we’re using words to attract people, people.
So, what pick-up lines should you be using?
A recent study conducted by a team of psychologists led by Maryanne Fisher of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada aimed to uncover which pick-up line style used by women on men is the most successful. Their participant pool included 130 heterosexual men, who were asked to evaluate 12 photographs of women with accompanying pick-up lines.
‘The initial communication that occurs between prospective romantic partners is critical in determining whether an interaction and subsequent relationship, will continue or not,’ explained Fisher and her team.
The pick-up lines accompanying the photos were divided into three categories: innocuous, flippant, and direct. Examples of these pick-up lines include:
- ‘Can you recommend a good drink?’
- ‘I’ve seen you before, do you work here?’
- ‘Where did you get that tattoo? Did it hurt?’
- ‘I always see you here, you must be the bar’s best customer!’
- ‘Since you’re alone and I’m alone, why don’t we sit together?’
- ‘I’m easy, are you?’
- ‘Want to have a drink together?’
- ‘You have really nice eyes.’
- ‘Can I have your number?’
- ‘You’re cute.
‘Our findings suggest that direct lines are preferred over flippant and innocuous lines, with the innocuous lines being the least preferred,’ explained the research team.
If your preferred lines are of the more subtle persuasion, don’t stress. While direct were the most successful, all three categories were voted effective in cases where the men were attracted to the women in particular photos. So if you’ve got the attraction part down, a simple ‘Hi’ might just do the trick.
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