But in East Asia, men have been adopting a rather more unorthodox approach of late: to win fair lady, the modern Asian lionheart unleashes his kabedon – by slamming his hand against a wall. Originating in Japan, the bizarre phenomenon of kabedon – kabe means wall and don is the thud of someone hitting it – is the latest pop culture sensation to sweep the region.
It didn’t take long before kabedon turned into the top anime buzzword in Japan, spreading like wildfire into mainstream media and even retail.
The app – which has became Japan's largest social network – is available across all major mobile platforms, including i OS, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox OS and Nokia feature phones.
LINE also boasts fully-featured desktops apps for Windows 7, Windows 8 and OS X.
If you’ve been anywhere in East Asia recently, chances are you saw one form or another of kabedon in ads, TV, movies or magazines.
Japanese instant noodle company Nissin featured the pose in its TV ad while Domino’s Pizza in Japan distributed ‘kabedon coupons’, which gave discounts to customers who performed kabedon on the delivery person.
The hugely popular app allows users to transfer payments to contacts from within the app – instead of Whats App, which only allows users to send a nagging text message.
The latest police figures show there were 766 ‘sextortion’ cases in the first nine months of this year.
More Hong Kong men are falling prey to sex chat scams, police warned, as the number of cybersex-related blackmail cases rose sharply this year.
The force’s cybersecurity bureau warned men to be vigilant and not to take off their clothes during video sex chats, as they risk having their erotic clips circulated on the internet if they did not pay.
There was even a pop-up kabedon café in Tokyo last year, where women would go to get ‘kabedoned’ by a specially-made doll that’s supposed to be half Japanese and half French.
The pose even made it to the political sphere this January, when Japan’s featured a satirical cartoon of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kabedon-ing Korean president Park Geun-hye.
As one of the country’s most visited sites, it still trails the Japanese version of You Tube. The site, which is available only in Japanese and requires registration to view videos, managed to attract nearly 6 million registered users since its launch in January 2007.