Experts say that just 240 seconds of conversation is enough for prospective partners to forge a meaningful bond, News.com.au reported.
Men make a good first impression if their conversation is focused mainly on the lady they are trying to woo, a study of nearly 1000 speed dates found.
Ladies are also more likely to grant a second date if suitors use appreciative language, interrupt to show engagement in the conversation and discuss their hobbies.
In contrast, men looking for a love connection are easier to please - they prefer being taller, aspire to less conversation and are more likely to select thinner women.
The four-minute time period was found to be long enough to connect beyond mere looks.
“This is a situation in life where women have the power, women get to decide,” Associate Professor Dan McFarland said.
The research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology