A new survey by Ladbrokes has found that 45% of people in the UK still use chat up lines when trying to get themselves a date, and a remarkable two thirds of those using them said they actually worked. Only a third of women feel confident using chat up lines, despite having a 63% success rate when using them – in contrast, men are twice as likely to use chat up lines as a flirting technique, although the payoff is slightly higher at 70%.
Across the UK, the luck of the Irish shone through, with 79% of those living in Northern Ireland saying chat up lines worked. Even though only 37% of Yorkshire folk said they used chat up lines, Leeds topped the charts in England as the luckiest in love, with a 72% success rate.
These are the top five cities in the UK raking in the chips when it comes to chat up line success:
When it came to careers, those working in the construction industry seemed to hit the nail on the head. Two thirds (67%) of construction workers admitted to using chat up lines – and 72% of which have had success using them in the past. On the other hand, writers were the most likely to fear awkward silences, despite their way with words in their working lives.
The majority of people agreed that bad table manners were the main turn-off on a first date, but swearing was the biggest red flag for social workers and those working in finance or civil engineering.
Men and women seemed to have different views on what actions would be a turn-off on a first date. 71% of women said having bad table manners was the most off-putting thing someone could do on a date, whereas men said swearing was a bigger turn off for them. Men were more likely to worry about awkward silences on a first date than women and were also more likely to pre-plan topics to talk about to keep the conversation flowing.
The top five turn offs on a first date were:
- Bad table manners
- Turning up late
- Talking about themselves too much
- Ordering for you
Dudi Nakdimon, from Ladbrokes, said:
“It’s so interesting to see how the success of chat up lines varies around the country, and how different regions and cities approach first dates. Asking someone out on a date and facing the potential awkward silences that ensue isn’t easy, so it’s fascinating to see what the go-to topics of conversation are for different people and what actions and subjects are a complete turn-off.”