Interest in pick-up lines has seen a lot of volatility. They’re far less popular than they used to be, but why? For a start, the rise of “pick-up artists” and their behaviour has likely tarnished even the concept of pick-up lines. But it’s possible the rise of dating apps has had an effect too, as singletons are looking for different methods for finding a partner.
From 2016 to 2019, searches about pick-up lines decreased as those for dating apps rose. Correlation is not causation of course, but it’s reasonable to assume that, as more people can simply open an app to look for dates, the need for a good opening line diminished.
Or at least that may have been the case for a while.
Searches for dating apps have remained pretty steady since 2019 (although there has been a jump in recent months). During the same time, pick-up line searches spiked as we headed into the pandemic. Considering we reduced our social interactions at this point, what caused this?
When we look at the data, it’s dating apps that are the cause. While search interest for them didn’t grow, it seems like competition on the apps did increase. One driver of pick-up line searches in this time related to pick-up lines specifically to use on dating apps. Clearly people were looking for help to stand out on these platforms.
But that’s the global picture. Let’s see how things look at a more local level, starting with the US.