Are you one of those guys who’s gone through life thinking pickup lines are just cheesy, one liners that scare girls off? Well my friend you’re wrong.
Luckily I’m here to educate you on what to say on Tinder, what are the types of pickup lines, when to use them and most importantly to give you the very best tinder pickup lines the internet (and my brain) has to offer.
Do Pickup Lines Still Work in 2021? Here’s What The Science Says…
Anyone who lives in the modern age has certainly heard of pickup lines before. Whether you’ve tried them yourself or had them tried on you, one thing’s for sure: you know what they are.
But, do they still work in 2020? After almost a decade of dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Plenty of Fish, many people have been exposed to pickup lines before.
Do they still work, or are they all burnt out? Is throwing pick up lines one of the skills guy should learn to impress women?
Well, in this article, we’ll explore what science and psychology have to say about pickup lines.
The Psychology of Pickup Lines
The idea behind pickup lines is simple. You memorize a sentence or two, keep it handy, and when you say it to a girl she falls in love with you.
Well, unfortunately dating isn’t that simple. Pickup lines are often times dirty, cheesy, or flat out stupid, but there is some science to them.
In fact, East Tennessee State University conducted an in-depth study on pickup lines and negging, and the results are quite astounding.
According to the study, pickup lines do, in fact, work, and so does negging, or the “backhanded compliment” which we’ve talked about before.
Why Was This Study Done?
Now, I know what you’re thinking… why on earth did a bunch of researchers decide to conduct a study on pickup lines?
Well, as it turns out, human psychology and evolutionary biology are two things that most scientists seek to understand.
So, naturally, whether or not pickup lines are effective in the courting ritual is actually of the utmost importance to scientists studying sexuality.
Here’s what the researchers said themselves about the study:
“The goal of this study is to provide a systematic analysis of the effectiveness of two different pick-up lines.”
“In combination with the evaluation of the effectiveness of these two types of pick-up tactics, the role of attractiveness in a mating interaction’s success is also considered.”
“Specifically, the relationship between a man’s attractiveness and the extent to which he can successfully execute a pick-up line is the subject of study here.”
“Findings will lend credibility to the pop-cultural belief that a male may be effective in picking up a woman, which will be referred to as the female target, even he chooses to break societal norms and use unconventional pick-up strategies to do so.”Pickup Lines: To Use A Neg or A Flippant? East Tennessee State University
The researchers wanted to determine whether a flippant pickup line would be more effective than a neg, and what they found was fascinating.
What The Study Found
As many people could have guessed, attractive men often get better results than unattractive men when using the same pickup line.
Anyone could’ve easily guessed this. The study did, however, come to some interesting conclusions about using negs vs. pickup lines.
- A flippant pickup line will be perceived as more effective than a neg pickup line
- A flippant pickup line will be perceived more favorably overall than a neg pickup line
- An unattractive man delivering a flippant pickup line will be perceived as more communicatively competent than will an unattractive man delivering a neg pick up line
In other words, flippant pickup lines typically perform best on women. Negs tend to perform very poorly, as we’ve talked about before.
Negs should be saved specifically for when a girl has an ego problem and needs to be taken down a notch. Opening with a neg is a bad idea.
How to Apply These Findings
If you’re trying to get laid on Tinder, dirty pickup lines work phenomenally well, since they screen a girl for sexual interest right off the bat.
In short, the best way to apply these findings is to focus on using funny pickup lines, that aren’t too serious or insulting.
Aside from this, always be sure to use negs SPARINGLY. We’ve mentioned this before, but it might warrant a further mentioning.
The whole point of a neg isn’t to hurt a girl, but rather to put her ego in check. If she’s being rude, a neg might be appropriate.
You do not, however, want to OPEN with a neg, as it will likely just hurt her feelings. Nobody wants that happening, now do we?
In summary, this study presents an interesting take on negs vs. pickup lines, and best of all, we can start applying these findings today!
How to Apply These FindingsIf you’re trying to get laid on Tinder, dirty pickup lines work phenomenally well, since they screen a girl for sexual interest right off the bat.
In fact, they work pretty much on all dating sites and apps, including those that are typically a little more conservative such as eHarmony, because it taps into the female psychology.
In short, the best way to apply these findings is to focus on using funny pickup lines that aren’t too serious or insulting.
Aside from this, always be sure to use negs SPARINGLY. We’ve mentioned this before, but it might warrant a further mentioning.
The whole point of a neg isn’t to hurt a girl, but rather to put her ego in check. If she’s being rude, a neg might be appropriate
Shall we get started then?
Direct Tinder Pickup lines
Direct pickup lines are probably the ones you think of when someone asks you to for your best pickup line. Unfortunately, most people think this the only type of pickup line.
While this is a type of pickup line it’s not the only one; it does, however, fit into the category I’m going to call “direct cheesy pickup lines”.
Direct Cheesy Pickup lines
We’ve already established what they are so let’s look at some of the best examples and when to use these types of lines.
- Hi I’m doing a survey of which pickup line girls think is the worst:
1. Do you come here often?
2. Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
3. Hi I’m doing a survey of which pickup lines girls think is the worst.
You’re so beautiful you just made me forget my pickup line.
What’s a smart, attractive, young… man like me doing without your number?
I value my breath so I’d appreciate if you’d stop taking it away.
You look like you’re suffering from a lack of vitamin me.
I see you’re ………. Miles away. I thought heaven was further.
Kiss me if I’m wrong but dinosaurs still exist right?
These are just a few examples but you get the idea. Quick and straight to the point; the whole idea of these “direct cheesy pickup lines” is to try and get a laugh/ smile and to non-verbally say to whoever you matched with, “I’m flirting with you”.
So when should you use one of these? Well, if you favour these types of pickup lines then you’re in luck. The girl has just matched with you, that means she already finds you attractive and so you can skip the “working out if she likes me” step.
A pickup line is essentially a mini advert of yourself so using one of the examples above tells a girl, “I have a sense of humour, I’m direct and I don’t take myself too seriously,” just make sure to gauge who you send these to as you can come off as to forward or corny to some girls.
Direct Adult Pickup lines
A pickup line can fit into cheesy and adult but the main difference (in my opinion) is that cheesy ones say, “I’m attracted to you,” adult pickup lines say, “I want you,” remember pickup lines are adverts and so more adult ones set the mood as erotic intensions.
Want to come over to mine and watch porn on my flat screen mirror?
You look like trouble (devil emoji or wink emoji).
You must be my tinderella because I’m going to make that dress disappear at midnight.
I’m not going to be your husband but I am going to be the man you’re thinking about twenty years from now.
I hope you believe in karma because I know a lot of karma-sutra.
The important thing to remember when using dirty/ adult pickup lines is that not everyone will react well to them, they can be misinterpreted in a lot more ways than clean pickups and often the intended delivery can be misty – utilise emojis to set the tone of the pickups.
Direct Serious Pick-ups
These can be clean or dirty but the most important thing here is the sincerity, they can either work for or against you as either confident (which is attractive) or overpowering. The key is to make sure you are sincere and original.
You look like you have great energy, I’m curious, where do you get it from? Yoga? Sports? Dance?
I really like your (insert something from her pictures and try to make it interesting) in your picture.
Has anyone ever told you, you look a lot like (insert a beautiful celebrity they kind of look like)?
You look like you love adventure, you know some guys love spontaneous/ adventurous girls.
We should skip the week of chatting/ small talk and just go on a coffee date.
When writing a serious pickup always think, “what does this line say about me?” a girl will have heard that she has beautiful eyes a lot and if you don’t give a unique line, you’re unlikely to seem unique yourself.
Indirect Pickup Lines
Indirect pickup lines are conversation starters or pick-up lines disguised as conversation; essentially they’re pick-up lines that a girl doesn’t realise you’re delivering that transition into a full conversation naturally.
The problem with being indirect is that you risk being friend zoned if your intensions aren’t made clear. Be the good guy or the bad guy, not the nice guy.
Indirect Cheesy Pickups
These may be one of the only indirect pickups that girls will interpret as a pickup, either way, the aim is to make them laugh. These tend to be more heavily scripted than other indirect pickup lines simply because you’re looking to hit a punchline.
- “Have you ever been to Antarctica?”
“No way neither have I, we have so much in common!”
- “I have some really bad news babe”
“oh, what’s that then?”
“the divorce papers just came in; our court date is Saturday”
“I’ll see you in court then”
“Also I’m keeping the dog and the house and the cars and the yacht… you can keep the kids”
- “I see you like reading, did you know I’m writing a book?”
“Are you now, what’s it about?”
“It’s about beautiful girls I call it ‘my phone book’, unfortunately, it’s missing your number”
- “I just saw the best upsexy EVER!”
“wow, you’re forward. Not much, what about you?”
These are best used if you can think on your feet if the girl you’re talking to goes ‘off script’.
Indirect Adult Pickups
The best way to use an indirect adult pickup is to make the girl you’ve matched with look like the dirty one, wordplay and sarcasm can really help here.
- “Let’s play a game, how fast can you guess these words?”
1.BOO_S 2._ _NDOM 3.F_ _K 4.P_N_S 5.PU_S_ 6.S_X
(The actual answers are: BOOKS, RANDOM, FORK, PANTS,
PULSE, SIX. Accuse her of being dirty if she gives the obvious answers, if she refuses to answer because she thinks they’re dirty give her the answers)
- “What’s long and hard and has cum in it?”
“what’s disgusting about a cucumber? Oh, ew you have such a dirty mind, here I am just asking an innocent riddle”
- “Roses are red, violets are blue, come to bed and I’ll… tuck you in goodnight. Wait what did you think I was going to say?”
It can be very difficult to think of these simply because being indirect and dirty don’t normally go hand in hand. If you tease and use sarcasm however it can set sexual tension straight away.
The anti-pickup line is essentially a satire pickup line, playing on the whole situation and poking fun at pickup lines. Whilst they may be lost on many people some will really appreciate them.
Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? Because have sex with me.
Baby if I could rewrite the alphabet I would make a capital “i” and a lowercase “L” more distinguishable because starting a sentence with “ill” is hard to read.
My last matches advances and jokes were so funny that I decided to tell my lawyer and now I have a restraining order.
I’ve been waiting here for…. Minutes and you still haven’t send me a pickup line, how rude.
The Big List
We all know you didn’t read this article to just learn about pick-up lines so here’s that list of the best the internet (and my brain) have to offer, enjoy.
Can you stop staring at my profile and message me already? I don’t bite unless you ask.
I don’t know how this works, are we married now?
When I was younger my fairy godmother said I can have a long penis or a long memory, I can’t remember my response.
My nickname at school was “the truth” girls just couldn’t handle me, what was yours?
Do you come here often?
Do you like sleeping? Me too, we should do it together some time
I don’t flirt but I do have a habit of being extra nice to people who are extra attractive
Well now I know why the sky was so grey today, you took all the blue for your eyes
I’m not scared of commitment like other guys, I used to do my maths homework in pen
You’re going to have to delete tinder, you’re making the other girls look bad
What’s a nice girl like you doing in a dirty mind like mine?
Do you know the best thing about kisses? If you don’t like them, you can always return them
I’ll cook your dinner if you cook me breakfast
Just remember that pick-up lines are essentially mini adverts. Make sure you tailor your pick-up lines to your intension(s) and most of all have fun.
If you REALLY want to get your online dating game to the next level, you should check out this playbook here.