Reading web sites raises my estimate of the benefits of being already married:
Half of all women make their minds up within 30 seconds of meeting a man
about whether he is potential boyfriend material, according to a study
The women were on average far quicker at making a decision than the
men [emphasis added] during some 500 speed dates at an event organised as part of
Edinburgh Science Festival.
The scientists behind the research said this showed just how
important chat-up lines were in dating. They found that those who were
"highly skilled in seduction" used chat-up lines that encouraged their
dates to talk about themselves in "an unusual, quirky way".
The top-rated male’s best line was [TC: yikes, and what kind of British abomination is this?] "If you were on Stars In Their
Eyes, who would you be?", while the top-rated female asked bizarrely:
"What’s your favourite pizza topping?"
Failed Casanovas were those who offered up hackneyed comments like "Do
you come here often?", or clumsy attempts to impress, such as "I have a
PhD in computing".
Here is the link, and yes sadly I prefer my pizza plain. Perhaps some of you must now, over longer periods of time, simply blog your potential conquests into submission. By the way, the researchers also suggest that "travel" is the best topic of conversation for spurring a connection and future dates.