"The key thing, particularly as women are making up their minds so quickly, is that the opening line really matters." The academic said men and women adopted a "pretty similar approach" to chat-up lines.
But, choose the wrong line and you could end up with the brush off – or even worse, a slap in the face. When you know someone – however tenuously – it’s so much easier to approach them, and initiate conversation.
We’ve all heard them before, and to be honest, they usually don’t work.
Pick up lines are great for breaking the ice and making a couple of laughs, but if you’re trying to spit game with them, you might as well just pack up and go home.
And while you should never rely on lines to actually drive a conversation with a woman, it’s helpful to have a few in reserve for that crucial moment. But if that’s not the case, pretending to know someone also works; approaching with a simple ‘Are you…? Then it’s up to you to work out whether her response allows further conversation, or is simply a cue for you to give up.
In the former situation you can follow on with something like, ‘How strange, you look just like a girl in my salsa class’, giving you the opportunity to let her know something more about you. Women are pretty savvy, and can spot a generic pick up line a mile off, which is why something a little more personal will have a much bigger effect. A ‘prop’ is a great thing to comment on – whether the woman you’ve set your sights on is walking her dog or reading a good book, it’s a great ice breaker.