Figuring out whether or not someone is interested in you is no easy task. Hell, sometimes it’s hard enough to figure out if you’re interested in them.
But next time you’re at a bar chatting up that handsome guy, forget the cheesy pick-up lines and the dating advice: psychologists say that if someone is attracted to you, they’re more likely to find you funny and laugh at your jokes (even if they’re terrible).
The study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin journal, also confirmed that men who aren’t attracted to you (in other words they want you to leave them alone) won’t even crack a smile at anything you say, even if you’re funnier than Kevin Hart.
“Both sexes were more likely to initiate humour and to respond more positively and consider the other person to be funny when initially attracted to that person,” researchers say.
Just the thought of approaching a man is enough to make some women quiver in fear, let alone having the pressure to crack a joke and attempting to make them laugh.
But what makes it such a successful technique is that you can gauge attraction in seconds and don’t have to spend a cent.
This article originally appeared on Men’s health
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