Single and hoping to meet someone at a Super Bowl party this year? According to David Givens, Ph.D., anthropologist and author of Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship, “An increase in adrenaline levels can help people feel closer” — and research backs that claim up. So, it makes sense to chat someone up while watching the biggest game of the season. Even if you’re not a fan, here’s how to enjoy Super Sunday while upping your game on the playing field… of love!

Tips for women:

  • Wait for a break before chatting up the guy you’re interested in. In a recent Happen poll of 7,000 singles, 44% of respondents said they’d be open to flirting with someone on Super Sunday as long as nobody talked over the game itself. However, the majority (56%) said they were into the whole experience — including the ads and halftime show. We suggest making a move whenever your target goes to grab some refreshments.
  • Don’t feign interest to get his attention. By pretending to care about something you know nothing about (or worse, secretly hate), you’ll likely annoy everyone. Unless you’re down to spend Sundays watching games with him or genuinely love Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, or the commercials, you’ll just end up looking desperate.
  • Bring a girlfriend who’s in a committed relationship to keep you company. As your built-in wingwoman, she can discreetly do some recon on any single guys present while running interference if someone unwelcome invades your personal space. And if you’re only there to meet men, she’ll provide a welcome distraction — just be sure to socialize out of earshot from those glued to the screen during gameplay.

Tips for men:

  • If a woman you’re interested in expresses confusion about the game, use it as an icebreaker. “Explain the plays to her,” suggests Jaci Rae, author of Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time. “When she asks what a ‘conversion’ or ‘Hail Mary’ is, try to calmly answer; don’t get annoyed!” If she’s familiar with football, Rae suggests discussing the game’s history.
  • Keep lewd/rude comments about cheerleaders (and other females) in check. We’re not telling you to act like someone you’re not, but remember: You get one chance to make a first impression, and any single ladies present will likely be unimpressed by offhand remarks made solely to get a response out of your buddies.
  • Don’t automatically dismiss someone because she’s cheering for the enemy. True, today you’re on opposing sides of the field… but what about the rest of the year? “The average football fan spends 4,914 hours watching or reading about the sport during the season. An average employee who works a 40-hour week spends 2,080 hours a year at work,” says Rae. Having a partner who’s equally invested maximizes your free time together and makes planning dates during football season a no-brainer.

Now, tell us: Are football games good dates? And do you prefer to watch them live, at home on TV, or at your favorite sports bar? If you’re a couple who roots for opposing teams, how do you handle it? Let us know in the comments!

Note: Some parts of this entry originally reported by Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Nina Malkin and Alan Goldsher.

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