5 Ways Your Phone Can Help You Flirtby Chiara Atik on March 15, 2013
According to a new study, a whopping 61% of men around the world say that their phone is the first thing that people notice about them. Which: what? No, it isn’t. Believe me.
But, phones are a great way to keep someone’s attention (or break the ice) once you’ve already noticed them, not to mention the fact that huddling together to peer over a tiny screen is a sneaky yet efficient way of initiating (accidental?) physical contact. Below is a list of 5 ways your phone can help you flirt.
1. A Flirting Photo Folder
A HowAboutWe acquaintance (who shall remain nameless) is infamous for having a folder on his phone dedicated to cute or cool photos to show girls. Pretty genius, because “Want to see a cute photo of my dog?” is pretty much the only pick-up line I can think of that would guaranteed work on me, 100% of the time. Other possibilities — a photo of a crazy/random thing/sign/person, photo of a celeb, crazy place you went, etc. The only things that won’t work are either A) photos of your last vacation (no one wants to look at those in a bar!) or B) photos of your cat. (Face it, we live in a cat-ist society.)
2. Scribbible (or Words With Friends, or any other iPhone Game)
I was on a date recently that hadn’t quite moved past standard first date conversation. (“Have any siblings?” and the like.) Then we started talking about our phones, and told me about a word game he’d been playing which had stumped him. So he pulled out his phone and we spent a pleasant 10 minutes or so trying to figure out the game. After the 10 minutes, he put his phone away, and the date proceeded as normal — but now we were more relaxed, more at ease with each other, and even sitting a little closer than we had been before. (And if it had been a truly bad date, we could have continued to play until the requisite 30-40 minute “first date time allotment” had passed!)
3. “Can I See Your Phone For a Sec?”
This ballsy flirting move works best for weekend-night party or bar scenarios. Grab the phone of the person you’ve been flirting with, and add your number to the contacts list. You can also send yourself a message from their phone as a sneak way of getting their number. The exceptionally cheeky (drunk?) can go so far as to put the number under a clever monniker. (“Hot Girl From Bar.” “Answer This Call.”)
4. “Can You Take a Picture of Us?”
Sometimes you just need any excuse to talk to someone, so asking him or her to take a picture of you and your friends is a perfect way to get a conversation started. (And if you’re alone, just make up some excuse. “Sorry, I know this is weird, but can you take a picture of me for my Grandma? I promised I’d send her one…” etc.) And the very deft can use Instagram to get dates.
5. iPhone Music Comparison
Asking a potential romantic interest what sort of music they like is ridiculous in 2013, when you can literally see what sort of music they’re into. Grab their phone (by which I mean ask politely), and scroll through their playlists together. Nothing like some gentle ribbing about the random Natalie Imbruglia album on their iPod to stoke the spark of love. Just remember, if they show you their music, you’ve gotta be game to show them yours, too.