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.
Researchers discovered confident men who are rapid-fire conversationalists are smooth-talking their way into a woman’s life more than their slower rivals
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, stabilizing their tempo and vocal intensity across speech. If so, this suggests that when men feel confident, they speak with faster and louder speech.’