Uh-Oh, a Third of Brits Don’t Know How To Flirt Properly

Survey reveals that making your date laugh is the best way to charm, whilst a third of us are terrible at flirting. Awkz.

New research of the nation’s dating habits has been conducted by dating app happn, and it turns out we’re not quite the Lotharios we thought we were…

It turns out that whilst two thirds of us reckon we’re pretty good at the flirting game, there’s a third of us who admit to not having a clue where to even begin when it comes to putting on the charm.

The dating app’s research of 2,000 daters found that 66% of women said that they’d be annoyed the most if their date was constantly on their phone. Flirting with the waiter or waitress would also be a turn-off, and who can blame them.

According to the survey data, 45% of men say their winning formula when it comes to flirting is to make their date laugh whilst 51% of women also admit to trying the same tactic. Who doesn’t love someone who can make them laugh, eh?


The research also found that Brits spend around 1 hour 20 minutes (78 minutes) getting ready for a date. Not only that, but it seems like men spend longer than women when it comes to getting ready. A quarter (23%) of men spend over two hours getting ready, compared to one in ten (10%) women.

Hayley Quinn, Dating Expert says of the results of the survey:

The results of happn’s dating study didn’t surprise me when it showed we are a nation of timid flirts – dating apps are so popular because they give you the opportunity to meet and build a connection before having to meet in real life. How good you are at communicating via messaging on the app is also a great indicator of compatibility so you can make a better decision about who to invest your time in dating.

In 2018 singles are comparatively time poor and also more focused on gender equality than in the past; so it’s also interesting to see men spending more time than women with their pre-date grooming. In turn I think we’ll also see a trend for more women making the first move. Dating apps like happn provide a great platform for people to take that ‘chance’ but your dating success ultimately comes down to your ability to take responsibility for your own happiness alongside a little bit of luck.

happn also asked daters for their most popular chat up lines and, to be quite honest, we’re surprised how they were able to be successful. The big winners were:

  • Are you lost? Heaven’s a long way from here.
  • Are you a 45 degree angle? Because you’re acute-y
  • Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only ten I see
  • Are you Jamaican, cos you’re Jamaican me crazy!
  • Do you believe in love at first sight or shall I walk past again?
  • My lips are made of skittles – wanna taste the rainbow?
  • I think you’re lacking a bit of vitamin me
  • Is your surname Jacobs cause you’re a real cracker
  • Are you tired because you have been running through my mind all day
  • Do you have a parking ticket? As you have fine written all over you
  • How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice

Use any of them on us, and you’ll be getting the first cab home. Alone.

Claire Certain, Head of Trends at Dating App happn, which conducted the research says:

In this time of gender equality, it would appear that chivalry is indeed alive and well and is in fact still appreciated by most.

happn is the first mobile dating app to use real-time geo-location to help you discover people you’ve crossed paths with in real life. Every time you cross paths with another Happn user, his or her profile appears on your app. The app is available to download for free via the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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