Chat-up lines as male sexual displays

Christopher Bale, Rory Morrison, Peter G. Caryl

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Chat-up lines, and other openings used to initiate a relationship with a woman, can be viewed as male displays. How well does their effectiveness accord with predictions from evolutionary psychology? 205 undergraduates (142 female, 63 male) rated 40 vignettes; in each vignette, a man approached a woman and the raters judged whether she would continue the conversation. Openings involving jokes, empty compliments and sexual references received poor ratings. Those revealing, e.g., helpfulness, generosity, athleticism, 'culture' and wealth, were highly rated. Although the length of the vignette - confounded here with item content - affected the rating, differences remained after the effects of length were eliminated. The success of openings which demonstrated culture was predicted from Miller's (2000) 'mating mind' hypothesis; the success of others could be predicted from patterns of parental investment.

LanguageEnglish
Pages655-664
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume40
Issue number4
Early online date19 Oct 2005
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Bale, Christopher ; Morrison, Rory ; Caryl, Peter G. / Chat-up lines as male sexual displays. In: Personality and Individual Differences. 2006 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 655-664.
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