Fast-talk­ing your way to new love

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

YOU can’t hurry love, they say — but it turns out if you don’t start speak­ing more quickly, you might not find it at all.

A study has re­vealed that talk­ing faster helps men woo women more suc­cess­fully.

Re­searchers dis­cov­ered con­fi­dent men who are rapid-fire con­ver­sa­tion­al­ists are smooth-talk­ing their way into a woman’s life more than their slower ri­vals. Aca­demics asked 124 het­ero­sex­ual vol­un­teers — 68 women and 56 men — to take part in a dat­ing game, pit­ting same-sex ri­vals against each other. They then had to se­duce a po­ten­tial date.

The fastest-speak­ing men in the com­pe­ti­tion hit a rate of up to 6.47 syl­la­bles per sec­ond with­out a pause. They proved to be more ex­pe­ri­enced lovers, hav­ing found up to four part­ners in the past year.

Slower men, who at their worst hit a rate of 4.87 syl­la­bles per sec­ond, notched up fewer than two.

Women with less breathy voices, and a shorter speech du­ra­tion, had fewer sex­ual part­ners com­pared to more breathy women. The study was con­ducted at France’s Mont­pel­lier Univer­sity.

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