“When it comes to speed dating the women are the deciders,” said Dan Jurafsky, professor of linguistics and computer science at Stanford University.
They were then asked to rate on a scale of one to 10 whether they thought each person was awkward, friendly, flirtatious or assertive, and the answers compared to the language used by each participant.
From the data the team were able to work out the most successful speech strategies for dating.
Dr Jurafsky said the findings were likely to apply to other forms of dating.
“Being a good listener appears to be a good take-home message in general,” added Prof Jurafsky “For women it doesn’t seem much turns off men.
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