New research published in Computers in human behavior highlights the most effective pickup lines to use on dating platforms such as Tinder. The results indicate that women tend to prefer to receive lines containing humor or a compliment.
“My co-author, Robert Robbins (who was my graduate advisor when the research was conducted), was really interested in this topic. He has used Tinder to date and noticed the results were different when he used different opening lines to chat with others. This made us wonder how dating profiles and collection lines influenced meeting results, ”explained Minhao Dai, assistant professor at Kennesaw State University and corresponding study author.
In the study, 237 heterosexual Tinder users between the ages of 18 and 24 viewed an opposite-sex profile with one of four pickup lines. Participants then answered a series of questions about the person in the profile, including their desire to date the person as a long or short term partner.
A support line was free but without humor: “You have a very beautiful smile. Another pickup line was humorous but not complimentary: “Do you have any raisins? No? How about a date? The third line of support was both laudatory and humorous: “Are you from Tennessee?” Because you’re the only 10 I see! Finally, the fourth pickup line was a generic greeting: “Hey! What’s up?”
Researchers have found evidence that pickup lines are humorous or additional content was better received by women than generic greetings. The welcome line with both humorous and complementary content, however, was not well received by the participants.
“For a successful dating experience, don’t use ‘cheesy’ or ‘cliché’ pickup lines. A simple humor or a simple compliment works well. However, when you get too tight in a pickup line, Tinder daters, especially female users, have found it off-putting, ”Dai told PsyPost.
In the men, however, the pickup lines seemed to have no impact. Perceived physical attractiveness – based on the photo attached to the Tinder profile – was the only predictor of long-term and short-term dating intentions among male participants.
“Since the article was published, I have received many questions and comments from the press and those interested in the nature of profile photos,” Dai added. “Many were curious as to whether and how different types of profile photos would make a difference in Tinder. Dating. We have collected some new data on this and hopefully we will share some interesting new findings about it soon.”
“I’m happy that we can conduct research that is relevant to people’s love lives and show that you can use scientific research methods to answer everyday life questions, such as what type of profile picture to use on Tinder. “
The study, “Exploring the influences of profile perceptions and different pick-up lines on dating results on tinder: An online experiment”, was published on December 16, 2020.