Dating has been completely transformed over recent years, and millions of us use apps like Tinder to try and find love online.
However, while it’s easier to meet people than ever before, with an unlimited supply of potential dates at your fingertips, making a real connection with someone is arguably harder than ever in the dating world.
Don’t worry though, new research has been revealed which claims to have proven the key to making a good impression the first time you meet someone and bagging yourself a second date.
So, what’s the secret? Well, it’s not about being flashy, or funny, or devilishly good-looking (although that probably helps).
The answer is pretty simple and unexpected: It turns out the key to a successful first date is being nosy.
That’s right, being nosy and asking lots of questions helps you come across as caring, and showing a genuine interest in the other person’s wellbeing is always a good thing on dates.
Researchers came to the conclusion after conducting a host of 4-minute speed-dating sessions. 110 people went on dates as part of the process, with psychologists recording each and every conversation.
There was a clear link between the number of questions asked, and an improved chance of securing a second date.
Writing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the research said: “Speed daters who ask more follow-up questions … are more likely to elicit agreement for second dates.
“Despite the persistent and beneficial effects of asking questions, people do not anticipate that it increases interpersonal liking.
“They may be unsure about what to ask, or worry about being perceived as rude.”
So there you have it. If you want to improve your chances of finding love, ask as many questions as you possibly can. Got that?