23 June, 2009

Science says be direct, if you want to chat-up a man

Women should forget small talk and flirting if they want to chat-up a man, because according to new research, the way to a man’s heart is by giving him no room to misunderstand your intentions.

A study by Scientists at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA, found that while women may be attracted to men who have a way with words, men prefer a direct, no-nonsense approach when being chatted up by women – since they had trouble ‘reading’ hints, even if they were accompanied by coy smiles and body language; according to the research reported in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

Researchers asked a group of forty women for their top chat-up lines (or things they might say to a man to indicate that they were interested in dating or spending time with him), they then put the fifty most popular suggestions to a panel of 38 women and 32 men, asking the participants to rate how effective the lines would be in practice.Couple kissing

The lines fell into ten categories:

* Directly asking someone on a date
* Hinting at a date
* Statements of commonalities
* Insistence on calling or giving of a phone number
* Compliments
* Directly asking about relationship status
* Statements of personal interest
* Sexual humour
* Questions of familiarity
* Saying a subtle “Hello”

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