It’s the season of barbecues and Sunday sessions. Women are back in the spray tan booth and men are dusting off the gym memberships after a winter’s hibernation of track pants and Netflix. Summer is the time to reconnect with society – and each other. It’s our Aussie culture to enjoy a few brewskis when we socialise, so gentlemen looking to impress the ladies would do well to know that buying a drink will score you conversation time with over half of all single ladies (and 1 in 5 married or taken ladies) according to our 2016 ‘bloke study 2.0’. Vodka and white wine are the drink of choice when ordering at the bar; although it pays to have your wallet handy gents, because 10% of women also enjoy a good cocktail.
Ladies, you’ve accepted the vodka lime and soda, and now you’ve got to figure out if he’s worth hanging around for a second drink. You’ve got your rescue signal down pat for the group of girlfriends watching from a nearby table. One wrong move, one Jimmy Barnes impersonation and a pull of your left ear lobe sends the ‘bat signal’ for your crew to swoop in and save you from your disaster date.
So what are you looking for? Over a third of bloke study survey participants told us a sense of humour and honesty were top of the desired attributes list, while 1 in 5 also believe being kind is important too. If he’s making you laugh and the conversation’s flowing, you might just be onto a good thing. If you’re like the 60% of women surveyed who use Facebook religiously – a quick trip to the bathroom for a background check of his social media profile should give you all the information you need to determine whether it’ll be a second round of drinks, or an emergency call from your great aunt Betty to get home and feed her cats.