Want to chat up a man? Well, then give jumbled cues and small talks a miss, for the way to a man''s heart is direct, no-nonsense conversation.
According to The Daily Mail, sober lines like "Fancy dinner?" or "Can I give you my number?" avoid confusion and guarantee success when landing a man, a study found.
As per Bucknell University researchers, men have a tough time figuring out hints, even if they are accompanied by flirty body language.
To reach the conclusion, scientists asked a group of women for their top chat-up lines. They took the 50 most common answers and asked 70 men and women how well they thought they would work.
Men found a direct approach, such as an invitation to dinner or the cinema, the most appealing. Exchanges of phone numbers scored next best with the male volunteers, followed by indirect invitations, including "Do you have plans later?" and "What are you up to tonight?".
The women also rated the direct approach the most highly but were also impressed with those lines which were designed to pin down common interests, the journal Personality and Individual Differences reported.
Humorous lines, such as "Your shirt matches my bedspread - you belong in my bed", fared poorly, the study found.
"The direct indication of a possible date as well as the hint of a possible date gives the man a clear signal instead of sending mixed non-verbal signals that the man must decipher," The Couriermail quoted psychologist Dr Joel Wade, as saying.
He added that straightforward suggestions removed any "uncertainty regarding the outcome of the interaction".