If you want to get the girl, speak quickly

The Mail on Sunday - - 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, pub­lished in the jour­nal Evo­lu­tion and Hu­man Be­hav­ior, was led by Alexandre Suire of the Uni­ver­sity of Mont­pel­lier in France.

He said: ‘Men dis­play­ing faster ar­tic­u­la­tion rate and rel­a­tively louder voice in this study had higher pre­vi­ous suc­cess with women. These men would pre­sum­ably feel more self-as­sured when placed in a mat­ing or com­pet­i­tive con­text.

‘This self-con­fi­dence may have re­laxed male sub­jects, sta­bil­is­ing their tempo and vo­cal in­ten­sity across speech. If so, this sug­gests that when men feel con­fi­dent, they speak with faster and louder speech.’

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