In a list of lines likely to succeed when on the quest for love, “I forgot my phone number, can I have yours?” has been voted the chat up line with the best chance of wooing the opposite sex, with a whopping 60% of Aussies citing it as their favourite one-liner when being approached.
For those looking for some new lines to strike up a conversation with the opposite sex research by EXTRA™ Gum, sponsors of Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia, found that the top five pick-up lines most likely to impress Australians are:
1. “I forgot my phone number, can I have yours?”
2. “I think there is something wrong with my phone. Could you try calling it for me to see if it rings?”
3. “Do you believe in love at first sight…or should I walk around you three or four more times?”
4. “Hi, I’m doing a survey… What’s your name? What’s your phone number? Are you free next Saturday.”
5. “Have a feel of this shirt – do you know what that feels like? Boyfriend material.”
The chat up line least likely to succeed amongst Aussie women was “are you on LinkedIn? Because I think we have a connection”, followed by “you look like a parking ticket – because you’ve got fine written all over you”. And lay off the garlic if you’re out to impress – smelly breath is also the major turn off for half of men and women (50%).
The research conducted by EXTRA™ Gum also found that while 2 out of 3 guys (66%) admit to using a chat up line when looking to impress, only 1 in 20 females (5%) are actually impressed by a chat up line. In fact, over half of those surveyed said a simple compliment was the most successful way to get their attention (55%). For men, half (47%) believe that a confident smile is a winning approach when approaching the opposite sex.
When it comes to personal appearance, keeping fresh and at your best is as important to men as it is women. Astonishingly, the research found that men are notching up almost as much time when it comes to getting ready for a date, spending 40 minutes on average, just 10 minutes extra compared to the average time of 55 minutes for women.
Chantal Hryniewski, 2014 Bachelor contestant and EXTRA™ Gum ambassador believes that confidence is key when it comes to successful dates: “Putting on my best smile always makes me feel my best when I am out on a date…”
But it’s not all plain sailing in the age of digital dating and online profiles. A whopping 6 out of 10 of those surveyed say they have been sold by false advertising – 61% say they have been in a situation when their date has not met with expectations. Almost one third (30%) of daters have met up with someone who looked completely different to their dating profile.
Of both sexes, over 76% admit to finding the first date a stressful occasion, with 1 in 6 (17%) finding the first ‘highly stressful’, and over a third of males compare a first date as being comparable to taking their driving test in terms of stress and anxiety. Over half of the females surveyed find first date nerves as stressful as starting a new job.
When it comes to wooing the opposite sex, it seems that a bit of banter goes a long way, with 6 in 10 (58%) citing lively and interesting conversation as an impressive quality in a date. 4 out of 10 women indicate that being well groomed and having fresh smelling breath is amongst the most things a date can do to impress them (49%) , while rudeness is considered the biggest turn off, with 6 out of 10 (61%) respondents declaring it one of the biggest turn offs.
Wrigley Marketing Director, Tami Cunningham, said: “Our research has found that keeping things simple and being yourself are the keys to impressing a date, with over half of Aussie daters preferring a lively conversation or simple complement over an elaborate gesture. EXTRA™ Gum believes that being at your best gives you the confidence to take advantage of whatever opportunities come your way, so that you can impress and express yourself in those critical dating occasions.”
So with Aussie singletons having on average 10 dates a year, with 3 different prospects (21%) here’s the Wrigley’s Extra ultimate dating dos and don’ts to help you woo prospective dates:
· Have a bit of banter
– Two thirds of Aussies (58%) say that good banter is the most impressive quality in a date
· Pay a simple compliment
– Half (49%) of Aussies think a simple compliment is the most successful way to get someone’s attention
· Wear a confident smile
– One in two women (49%) would be impressed by a confident smile
· Put on your favorite outfit
– Half of Aussies (52%) say that the key to feeling good before a date is by putting on a favourite outfit
· Crack a joke to break the ice
– 1 in 3 (30%) daters would prefer a witty joke as an ice breaker
· Get blind drunk
– 1 in 4 (24%) say that getting blind drunk is one of the biggest turn offs when on a date
· Be rude or glib
– Almost 2 in 3 Aussies (61%) would put off if their date was rude to them
· Order the most expensive item on the menu
– One in ten daters (12%) would not be impressed if their date ordered the priciest item on the menu
· Eat garlic before a date, or any other foods that lead to smelly breath
– Bad breath is a real no-no for half (49%) of Aussies
· Crack out your favourite dance move
– Keep your moves to yourself – less than 1 in 10 daters (7%) think a dance move is the best way to break the ice