“Pick up” lines focused on humor tend to fall flat but they do get the pick up artists rated as relatively humorous and sociable, and aren’t disfavored by women seeking brief liaisons, a new study suggests.
“Flippant pick-up lines, so often used by men to impress women, often backfire,” the researchers said, detailing their findings in the November-December issue of the Journal of Social Psychology. The study focused on comments men make to try to jumpstart contact with women,using Humor To Attract Women rather than those used by women on men, as women are “more often the recipients of pick-up lines,” and “are often more discriminating” in mate choice, the researchers noted.
In a survey, they asked 70 female university students how positively they would respond to various approach lines from men under different circumstances. Previous research had shown this type of survey to yield results that line up well with women’s real-life reactions to pick up attempts in bars, Senko and Fyffe said. This past research had already indicated that “flippant” pickup lines work poorly. But it hadn’t fully explained why, and had also suffered some methodological flaws fixed in the new research, Senko and Fyffe claimed.
The pair studied the effects of “flippant” lines such as “can I get a picture of you so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?” Women rated men who used such opening gambits, as opposed to other types, as relatively high on humorousness and sociability, but low on trustworthiness and intelligence.
Using Humor To Attract Women
“Women rate the latter qualities more essential than the former ones in a long-term mate,” the researchers wrote. Humor might not ordinarily signal low intelligence, they added, but the type of canned humor usually found in pickup lines could.
Two types of non-“flippant” pickup lines were also used in the survey for comparison. One type was the “direct” line, such as “I saw you across the room and knew I had to meet you. What’s your name?” The other was the “innocuous” sort that conceals romantic intent, thus making rejection more bearable. An example: “You look really familiar. Have we taken a class together?”
The survey results saw the “flippant” lines scorned by women who were asked to imagine themselves seeking a long-term mate. But for women asked to think of themselves seeking a short-term mate, the type of pickup line didn’t matter, the researchers found: instead, the man’s perceived attractiveness was the key factor in the woman’s receptivity.
“Direct” pickup lines gave the best results on average, but the outcome differences between them and the “innocuous” lines weren’t statistically significant.
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