The ur-evidence of this belief is the infamous Clark-Hatfield study, which was published in 1989 and replicated over and over again by You Tube pranksters as “social experiments” ever since.
Of course, the study was fatally flawed; as has been pointed out many times, Johnny Rando rolling up on a college campus and asking chicks to bang him betrays a rather severe lack of social calibration at .
Terri Conley before them, researchers Andreas Baranowski and Heiko Hecht at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz decided to conduct a series of experiments to test the Clark-Hatfield studies… First, they replicated the original study’s methodology.
In their study, Clark and Hatfield had their volunteers visit the Florida State University campus and approach members of the opposite sex with the line “Hey, I’ve noticed you around campus.
But despite its flaws and mistaken conclusions, it hangs in as part of the accepted wisdom of gender relations.