Do Pickup Lines Still Work in 2020? Here’s What The Science Says…

By Jon Anthony

Posted 3 months agoDATING

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.
Do Pickup Lines Still Work in 2020 Heres What The Science Says...

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

About the author Jon Anthony

Jon Anthony is a blogger, lifestyle coach, dating expert, and fitness model, who enjoys helping men evolve into their best selves. You can read his blog at Masculine Development for free.

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