Pua guide to online dating

A search online for “dating tips for men” reveals hundreds of these sorts of sites, generally requiring a credit card.

This is a look at some of the aspects of this weird world.

A lot of it is harmless, plenty of it is funny, but a large amount is genuinely unsettling.

We haven't linked to any of the sites mentioned, as we are not sure that all the content is appropriate.

You can't get far in the world of pick-up artistry without a silly name.

The aforementioned Neil Strauss went under the pseudonym of “Style”. Others have called themselves “Juggler”, “Formhandle”, “Ice Dragon” (seriously), and perhaps best of all “Gunwitch”.

The clothes According to the literature, a true Pick-Up Artist stands out from the crowd – hence the preposterous names.Sartorially, that may mean wearing a fluorescent T-shirt and an asymmetric haircut, or makeup, or platform shoes – Mystery, we are told in The Game, sports the latter.This behaviour, apparently, is called “peacocking”. The jargon Similarly, like lots of little boys' clubs, the pick-up artist world has developed its own pseudo-technical language.PUAs, of course, are the Pick-Up Artists themselves (entertainingly, if you get really good, you can be a Pick-Up Guru or PUG).Before they were initiated, they were just AFCs – Average Frustrated Chumps – like the rest of us.They use Displays of High Value (DVH) to impress women with LSE (Low Self Esteem).

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