11 Chat-Up Lines That Actually Work, As Verified By Scientists
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There’s nothing worse than the long, cold walk back to your mates when a chat-up line falls flat. Luckily, help is at hand: scientists have worked out the best chat-up lines to use, and in what situations they work best. No, really… So check out the below and diminish your odds of a long walk back to your seat this weekend.
1. The best chat-up line if you want a girlfriend: “I like your jacket”
Looking for a long-term relationship? Cut the cheese. A Journal of Social Psychology study found that women were more likely to see a man as a long-term potential if his opening gambit was a compliment about her appearance that was non-sexual in nature. The worst chat-up line was a cheesy pick-up eg. “I lost my number, can I have yours?” – the women rated these guys as being less trustworthy and intelligent than the average gent.
2. The best chat-up line if you’re in a bar: “Do you want to dance?”
Time to take some dance lessons. A study in the journal Sex Roles found that almost 70% of women considered this to be the best chat-up line a stranger could use if they were in a bar. The worst chat-up line? Anything that could be seen as negging (a slight insult designed to throw the recipient of guard) such as “nice jewellery – did you rob Woolworths?”.
3. The best chat-up line if you’ve never met before: “You look really familiar – do I know you?”
A New York State University study found that innocuous chat-up lines worked best on strangers. In fact, they worked as well as if the man strolled up and said, “I find you really attractive, what’s your name?” – but was less embarrassing to pull off. The worst line to use is “anything flippant”, according to the study. Must. Not. Mention. The weather.
4. The best chat-up line if you’re out after work: “I don’t normally do this, but I just wanted to come and say hi. Would you like another drink?”
A Monmouth University study found that busy women who have to make decisions all day suffer from “ego depletion” at the end of the day. What this basically means is that they are sick of making decisions. So, using a direct line that ends with an offer will make it really easy for her to say yes.
5. The best chat-up line when you’re on public transport: “Can I get the door for you / help you with that bag?”
A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that chat-up lines that displayed a helpfulness, generosity and a kind nature work best when approaching a woman in public. The worst lines to use involved jokes and sexual references – unsurprisingly.