For the second dose of sillyness for tonight, once again we have goo Ranking, this time looking at tactics people employ in love, for both men and women.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 24th of April 2009 1,071 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.4% of the sample were female, 9.2% were in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 27.5% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 10.4% aged sixty or older.

I must say, looking at a lot of the tactics here, if you try them out you’ll probably soon be hearing one of these lines, I suspect!

Looking at the women’s list, for number 24 I’d be more surprised to actually hear an apology…

Ranking result

Q: What love tactics have you actually used? (Sample size=521, male)

Rank   Score
1 Smile more than usual 100
2 Even though I’m not interested in it, talk with my partner about her favourite topic 97.2
3 Don’t reply to email immediately 80.6
4 Suddenly adopt a blunt manner 72.2
5 Lie about my history of love affairs 63.9
6 Be about to meet her gaze but then look away 63.9
7= Adopt a different manner when we meet in groups and meet alone 55.6
7= Suddenly stop emailing, telephoning 55.6
9 Exaggerate my expression of emotions 44.4
10= Only say “I love you” occasionally 41.7
10= Pretend to be a little clumsy 41.7
12 Try wearing a different style 38.9
13 Don’t smile as much as usual 36.1
14= Pretend to turn up by chance somewhere she often visits 33.3
14= Don’t use emoji in email 33.3
16= Turn up a little late at the meeting place 30.6
16= Let her see me getting on well with another girl 30.6
16= Pretend to be drunk 30.6
19 When we’re together try returning home a earlier than usual 27.8
20= Don’t poke my nose into her business too much 25.0
20= Talk to her about how another girl made a pass at me 25.0
22= Talk about an ex from long ago 22.2
22= Don’t apologise when we have an argument 22.2
22= Pretend to be frequently checking my mobile phone 22.2
25= Pretend to propose we have a discussion 19.4
25= Praise a female friend 19.4
25= Hang up when she phones 19.4
28 Hint that I’m dieting 11.1
29= Pretend to be interested in a different kind of celebrity 8.3
29= Don’t say where I got an accessory from 8.3

Q: What love tactics have you actually used? (Sample size=550, female)

Rank   Score
1 Smile more than usual 100
2 Even though I’m not interested in it, talk with my partner about his favourite topic 87.0
3 Don’t reply to email immediately 75.3
4 Let him see me getting on well with another guy 71.4
5 Try wearing a different style 67.5
6 Pretend to be a little clumsy 63.6
7 Talk to him about how another guy made a pass at me 58.4
8= Be about to meet his gaze but then look away 53.2
8= Suddenly adopt a blunt manner 53.2
10= Pretend to be drunk 50.6
10= Exaggerate my expression of emotions 50.6
12 Try wearing different make-up 49.4
13 Suddenly stop emailing, telephoning 48.1
14 Lie about my history of love affairs 45.5
15 Talk about an ex from long ago 41.6
16 Adopt a different manner when we meet in groups and meet alone 39.0
17 Pretend to turn up by chance somewhere she often visits 36.4
18= Pretend to propose we have a discussion 31.2
18= Only say “I love you” occasionally 31.2
18= Don’t use emoji in email 31.2
21 Praise a male friend 28.6
22 Try saying “That suits you” to other people 22.1
23 Don’t smile as much as usual 20.8
24 Don’t apologise when we have an argument 19.5
25 Pretend to be frequently checking my mobile phone 18.2
26 Turn up a little late at the meeting place 16.9
27= Pretend to be interested in a different kind of celebrity 14.3
27= Don’t poke my nose into his business too much 14.3
27= Don’t say where I got an accessory from 14.3
30 Sometimes refuse when asked on a date 13.0

2 Comments

Grant · June 2, 2009 at 17:02

Occasionally say nothing but “I love you” should be “Only say “I love you” occasionally” =)

    Ken Y-N · June 2, 2009 at 22:49

    Thanks – I did think at the time that it felt wrong, but then again Japanese are not known for saying “I love you” very much at the best of times… I changed it anyway.

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