The following is transcribed from a conversation with the informant, CZ.
CZ: So here’s how the pickup line goes: “If I was to ask you out right now, would your answer to that question be the same as your answer to this question?
GK: I don’t really get it
CZ: It’s a bit confusing, but here’s how it works. First of all you need to split it up into the two questions because it could be a bit difficult to explain. So in this case:
|Question #1||Question #2|
|“Will you go out with me”?||“Will your answer to (question #1) be same as the answer to this question”?|
Question #2 will be the answer she gives you, because that is, in essence, the question you are asking her. And as it turns out, the answer to Question #1 will always be “yes”. Here is why:
|Answer||Answer in terms of Question #2||Interpretation||Answer to Question #1|
|No||No, the answer to you asking me out will not be the same to the answer I just gave you.||She said “no” meaning the answer to Question #1 is “yes” because the answers won’t be the same||Yes|
|Yes||Yes, the answer to you asking me out will be the same to the answer I just gave you.||She said “yes” meaning the answer to Question #1 is “yes” because the answers will be the same||Yes|
Background: The informant is a 20 year old college student from Indiana. Like a lot of people his age, he likes to use pickup lines to hit on women either in person or on dating apps. He says to have found this one online, and has has used it on Tinder before.
Context: The informant and I discussed this pickup line over Face Time.
My Thoughts: This pickup line is interesting because I feel like it breaks the mold of most other pickup lines. This one really makes you think about it, while other ones are cheesy and are easy to pickup on. That makes me wonder about the success that this has, because it took me a while to figure out what he meant by this. I would be inclined to think this would be more successful on a dating app because you are not talking to the person face to face, which gives the recipient more time to think about the question. If you were to try this pickup line in person, I feel like it would lead to an awkward silence, due to its complexity. This pickup line also made me reflect on how technology has influenced dating amongst a younger generation. People are now able to swipe on profiles, making it way easier to find love connections. I feel like this is bad for society because it takes away the human interaction that was needed to accomplish this before the rise in dating apps.