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Speed Dating 101

Speed Dating 101

Those times have long gone when you could take all the time in the world waiting to really get to know someone to find the ‘right’ one for you. Nowadays, with our fast-paced, hectic lives, the thought seems almost impossible. Who even has the time to wait around with so much work looming over our shoulders anyway? We all want it quick and easy, and many traditionalists will have you believe that that is a bad thing. Don’t pay any attention to them.

We barely get enough time to relax and enjoy so when it comes to romantic or sexual fulfilment, we remain unsatisfied. This leaves many feeling ‘empty’ and ‘hollow’ – something no one deserves. This is why, in this digital era, speed dating has made its mark.

Speed dating, as the name suggests, revolves around the idea that you will be given a few minutes to speak with a person, after which spots will be changed to talk to someone else, allowing you to speak to at least five to eight different people in one night. Eventually, two individuals who took a mutual interest in each other are given one another’s contact details to take it all a step further. 5 Minutes Online offers the same concept, but virtually! Talk about finding love quickly and easily.

First Impressions Matter

Are you one of those who find it difficult to find the right words to say to a significant other? Considering you only have a few minutes to leave your mark, what you say and how you say it can make a huge difference! For any date, a cheesy, quirky pick-up line tends to be the best icebreaker, but words don’t come that easily to everyone, and we understand that.

What are Pick-up Lines?

In simple words, pick-up lines are an icebreaker between two individuals who might be romantically interested in each other. They are often witty, so as to impress the recipient and make a memorable impression.

More often than not, people use these conversation openers in an awkward, inappropriate, and confusing manner, leaving the recipient feeling ‘weirded out’. This is why a bad reputation precedes pick-up lines, however, that is not how it is supposed to be. In fact, they are supposed to be captivating and intriguing.

The main aim of pick-up lines is to spark conversations amongst two individuals, and leave a great first impression so that the two people can converse easily, have a great time, and maybe even get interested enough to see each other again.

What are the Different Types of Pick-up Lines?

Pick-up lines have a bad reputation, unfortunately. We’re not entirely sure where the bad pick-up lines began, but due to some people out there the phrase ‘pick-up line’ doesn’t seem to have a good connotation attached to it. In order to be ‘unique’, they end up saying the most cringe-worthy pickup lines one would ever witness.

For you to be able to come up with good pick-up lines, it is first important to identify all the types there are, and what kind of an impression they leave.

Straightforward Pick-up Lines

These are the safest kinds of pick-up lines to go for if you’re unsure about what the person in front of you is like. You don’t make any puns or throw in any jokes. You simply introduce yourself, express how you are interested in the individual sitting opposite you, and then get to talking. As authentic as one can be. This lets the person opposite you know that you like to play it safe, and honest, which some people tend to appreciate a lot.

Clever Pick-up Lines

These are the kind of pick-up lines that will impress your date, that is if your date is clever too because some of them require specific knowledge like that maths, chemistry, physics, and so on. Take for instance, “You must be the square root of two. Cause I feel irrational around you.” Your date will automatically know that you’re a smart, educated individual.

Funny and Cheesy Pick-up Lines

If you want to leave a jolly impression, these kinds of pick-up lines are cute and playful icebreakers, because they will leave the recipient giggling. These are easy to say, and easy to hear, which is why they are the go-to for many who don’t want to seem dull. There is “I must be in a museum because you truly are a work of art” and “Well, here I am. What were your other two wishes?” that will surely make your date likes you, but it is important to not try too hard, or say something too long and awkward because that can kill the vibe.

Romantic Pick-up Lines

We all enjoy the feeling one gets when one blushes, and romantic pick-up lines tend to do just that to whoever is on the receiving end. A statement like, “Of all the beautiful curves on your body, your smile is my favorite one” will get your date’s blood rushing to their cheeks, making them like how smooth of a flirt you are.

Dirty Pick-up Lines

If you are aiming to bag an actual date and connect with someone, these pick-up lines are not the ones to go for, because they are openly sexual. They leave the impression that all you want is sex, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as the other individual is comfortable with it, of course. If you feel like your speed date would get easily offended, it’s best not to make use of such pick-up lines, as they tend to objectify the recipient. For example, “Are you a poster? Because I want to pin you on a wall.” or “That dress looks really good on you but, it would look better on my bedroom floor.”

What Kind of Pick-up Lines are Good?

Truth be told, there is no such thing as a bad pick-up line. There’s only bad delivery of pick-up lines. Each kind of pick-up line requires a different environment and you need to get the feel of the situation before you go out shooting pick-up lines.

If you feel like the date you’re about to talk to has a serious personality, then using a corny or funny pick-up line won’t impress them, but would rather annoy or irritate them. Learning how to read other people’s body language is an art one must master.

If you feel like your date is someone who would be easily offended, beware to never use the dirty kind of pick-up lines with them, or you might just end the night with a slap! On the other hand, if you’re in a dating event where you know you’re only going to meet casual, open people, then using a dirty pick-up line will come in handy because the recipient is probably interested in the same thing.

How to Come Up with Pick-up Lines?

You know what they say, “Read the room” because, in the end, that is all that matters. You must be able to understand the person you’re talking to, in order to not step on their toes, or annoy them. Only by understanding your date, you will get to know what the best kind of pick-up line to use at that moment is.

It is very important to consider what the other person would or wouldn’t be comfortable with. This is very important whether you are meeting people in real life, or if you are partaking in some online speed dating.

Another trick is for coming up with good pick up lines is ‘context’. Many people nowadays are sick and tired of hearing compliments on their body, or their face, because it feels like one is being objectified. Don’t look at someone’s appearance for inspiration when it comes to starting a conversation with them.

Instead, maybe use your surroundings to come up with a conversation starter, so that they get to hear something different and refreshing, finding comfort in talking to you. Maybe ask them what brought them to actually consider ‘speed dating’, or maybe bring up something peculiar happening around the both of you.

How to Use Pick-up Lines?

When used the right way, a good pick-up line can initiate an amazing conversation, and maybe even lead to more!

In the end, its all about the right kind of confidence. You don’t want to seem too shy, nor do you want to give off the impression that you’re a cocky individual.

Make eye contact with them! That will help you understand whether or not they’re interested in you, and to what extent. This can be difficult with online speed dating, but the point is to look straight into the camera and seem fully interested in the individual you’re talking to. Compliment them, but not too much! Or else they’ll feel like you’re trying too hard, and no one likes a pushover when it comes to dating.

It is also important to ensure the conversation doesn’t die, to prevent awkward silence from setting in. A date is a two-way thing, and if you think the other person is feeling awkward, quickly change the subject, or throw in a funny pick-up line to make them feel more comfortable.

Let Us Help You Find Your Match!

Now that you know the basics of how to make your first impression be funny and quirky with the help of the perfect pick-up line for you, be sure to sign up to take part in some enthusiastic online speed dating via 5 Minutes Online.

We give you the power to pick the people you feel connected to, without feeling any pressure to give out your contact details to anyone out of courtesy or politeness. You don’t feel interested in someone? No problem at all! With 5 Minutes Online, you won’t feel any awkwardness whatsoever, because your comfort and security are our priority.

Time is of the essence. Don’t wait anymore. Reserve your ticket for any of our events by purchasing them on Eventbrite via PayPal, and dive into the world of online speed dating now!

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