London, Feb 1 (ANI): If you're looking for romance in January but find no luck, it might be better to hold off until the sun comes out, a study suggests.
According to the study, ladies are more likely to give out their phone numbers on sunny days as opposed to cloudy ones, the Daily Mail reported.
French researchers sent a group of attractive men to flirt with 500 randomly chosen young women in two seaside towns in France during the months of May and June.
Researchers selected days that were roughly the same mild temperature (between 18 and 22 degrees centigrade) and were either sunny or overcast, but not rainy.
The five "physically attractive" 20-year-old men (as rated by a panel of women) were sent out to approach women of a similar age during the hours of 9am to 1pm.
They each said: "Hello. My name's Antoine. I just want to say that I think you're really pretty. I have to go to work this afternoon, and I was wondering if you would give me your phone number. I'll phone you later and we can have a drink together someplace."
The men were instructed to smile, gaze at the woman, and wait 10 seconds for her response.
It was revealed that over a fifth (more than 20 percent) of the women gave out their numbers on sunny days, but just 13.9 percent accepted the offer of a date on cloudy days.
The study author Nicolas Gueguen of the University of South Brittany, said that according to previous research, people tend to be in better moods on sunny days or, as he speculates, men could be better at flirting in good weather.
The study is published in the journal Social Influence. (ANI)