What makes men tick and what winds them up

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 17:39 PM IST

London: Here are some tips to understand how single men think, what they want and why they do, from someone who was one.

Author and dating guru Humfrey Hunter has offered his unique dating advice to help one understand the manifold mysteries of the male mind, so they can make the right moves at the right time, reports the Daily Mail.

Hunter says that if a guy is really interested in you, he will be in touch. If he texts you, reply an hour later at first and then more quickly according to how quickly he does.

If you don’t hear from him after that first encounter, either assume he’s not bothered and move on, or text him once and if he doesn’t reply within two hours, give up.

He has also advised to keep it light on your first date. Don’t be early, but don’t be on time. Ten minutes late is ideal. ‘Hello’ should be a kiss on the cheek – the start of a date is too early for a hug.

There are only two things you should focus on: being yourself and having fun. Be positive about life. Don’t spend your whole time moaning about work, your commute, the weather, etc. Also, don’t talk about your exes or ask about his – this will extinguish any romantic spark.

Hunter insists that men like girls who ‘eat’. They like it when girls who love their food tend to like other sensory pleasures as well. Hearing a girl say ‘No starter’ or ‘Just a salad’ is not attractive.

Also, it is not wise to track down your guy on Facebook and extensively ‘pre-date research’ his profile, photos, etc. At least not until you’ve been seeing him long enough for revelations of your stalker-like inclinations not to matter. Whatever you do, absolutely do not mention it on your first date.

ANI