MORBIHAN, France, June 22 (UPI) — Men who want to ask women on a date increase their odds if a love ballad is playing in the background, researchers in France found.
Nicolas Gueguen and Celine Jacob of the Universite de Bretagne-Sud, along with Lubomir Lamy of Universite de Paris-Sud, set up a study in which 87 young women each spent time in a waiting room with background music playing either a love ballad or a neutral tune.
During a delay, before the female study subject was to move into another room — ostensibly to discuss food products — an “average” young man said:
“My name is Antoine, as you know, I think you are very nice and I was wondering if you would give me your phone number. I’ll phone you later and we can have a drink together somewhere next week.”
The study, published in the journal Psychology of Music, found 52 percent of the single young women responded to Antoine’s advances under the influence of the love ballad, while 28 percent responded under the influence of the neutral song.
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