The fascinating world of pickup artists

Oct 4, 2012

Are you a practicing “pick-up artist”? Ever heard the lines of one? Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Have you ever tried an opener on an HB 10? Did you end up negging your way to a kiss close? Do you have any idea what these terms means? If not, than you may be completely unaware of an entire community of codes, strategies and systems for men to connect with women.

Pickup artists (PUAs), as they refer to themselves, attempt to give men a means to successfully hit on women at bars, clubs, on college campuses or in basically any other social setting. Some men, especially those who started with very low confidence, sing the praises of this technique as it legitimately allowed them to feel comfortable enough to start talking to women.

But how exactly do the women feel? Does it work, or does it fall flat? Or does it depend on the guy and his particular attempt? There can definitely be a creep factor to some of these practices, especially if a guy persists in hitting on a woman after she’s made it clear she’s uninterested.

So how does a good pickup artist define the line? And how is the best way to handle their advances as a woman? Have you ever picked someone up or been picked up on? Let us know how it went. (Of course, you don’t have to tell us everything.)


Neil Strauss, author of “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists”

Gayle Laakmann McDowell , author of “Cracking the Coding Interview” and “The Google Résumé,” wrote a detailed answer to a Quora website contributor’s question “Why Are Women So Negative About the ‘Pickup Artist’ Community?” and volunteered as a “female test dummy” for some pickup artist classes

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