Friday, June 1, 2007

French women like the light touch

A good-looking man approached 120 women in a French night club over a period of three weeks, and asked them to dance, says this report in the British Psychological Society Research Digest blog. It was in the name of science – the man was an assistant to the psychologist Nicolas Guegen. Remarkably, of the 60 women who he touched lightly on the arm, 65 per cent agreed to a dance, compared with just 43 per cent of the 60 women who he asked without making any physical contact.

A second study involved three male research assistants approaching 240 women in the street and asking them for their phone numbers, the report says. Among those 120 women who the researchers touched lightly on the arm, 19 per cent agreed to share their number, compared with 10 per cent of the women with whom no physical contact was made.

Hmmm, I wouldn't try this everywhere folks - depending on local cultural norms, the bed you wind up in just might be in a hospital or a cell.....

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