According to a study which included more than 190,000 online flirtations, the most effective pick-up line in the US is “You dress beautifully!” It sounded a little weird, but the more I repeat the line, the more I can see how it would work out in a guys favor. The US is filled with fashion obsessed females who might give you the digits if you compliment her style! Check out some other pickup lines for various places around the world after the jump.
By Andrew Daniels
We wonâ€™t keep you in suspense. According to a new survey from Badoo.com, the largest international social dating network with 87 million users, the best pickup line in the world is . . .
â€œYou have beautiful lips.â€
Badoo looked at the opening lines used in more than 190,000 online flirtations in 10 different languages during one month, and analyzed which bon mots landed more dates.
The lips line was rated the best overall, because it works with women across all cultures. But other lines worked better regionally. Hereâ€™s how the most successful pickup lines break down by country:
- Canada and Germany: â€œYou have beautiful skin.â€
- USA, France, and Italy: â€œYou dress beautifully.â€
- UK and Turkey: â€œYou have beautiful legs.â€
- Spain: â€œYou have beautiful hair.â€
- Portugal and Netherlands: â€œYou have beautiful ears.â€
- Sweden: â€œYou have a beautiful figure.â€
- Russia: â€œYou have a beautiful nose.â€
- Poland: â€œYou have beautiful arms.â€
That left us wondering two things: 1) Whatâ€™s wrong with the Portuguese and Dutch? Ears? Really? And 2) Would the lips line actually work in the United States?
â€œI think it would have to be delivered in a very non-sexual way to be effective,â€ says Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a sex therapist and founder of GoodInBed.com. Meaning: No allusion to oral sex. (Drat! Maybe thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve been doing wrong.)
But Kerner has an even better idea: Donâ€™t use a pickup line at all.
â€œI hate when I hear all sorts of seduction rules, like â€˜show no weakness, be cocky, insult her if sheâ€™s pretty,â€™â€ Kerner says. â€œThatâ€™s all a load of crap. In most situations, the woman has already sized you up and made a decision about whether or not sheâ€™s interested before youâ€™ve finished speaking.â€ (Sound familiar? First impressions are everything, a study found last week.)
Instead, Kerner suggests, put yourself in situations where you donâ€™t have to use a lineâ€”if youâ€™ve already got something in common with her, that makes it easier to stir up a conversation. Thatâ€™s why bookstores are such a great place to meet women. Itâ€™s also why group activities work so well, whether you join a coed sports team or a volunteer organization.â€When people are working toward a shared outcome, theyâ€™re more likely to grow closer together,â€ says Malcolm Parks, Ph.D., author of Personal Relationships & Personal Networks. (Read 9 Tricks to Confidently Pick Up Any Woman.)
Oh, and if you have found a pickup line that works for you, drop it in the comments below. And if youâ€™re brave enough to try â€œYou have beautiful lipsâ€ this weekend, let us know how it goes over.