Up until recently there has been very little in the way of direct scientific proof that learning these techniques can create success with women, aside from a study by German researcher Andres Baranowski, who trained participants in these techniques – and found that this training did improve his participants' skills in dating.

A pickup artist (commonly abbreviated PUA) is a person who practices finding, attracting, and seducing sexual partners.

Members aim to improve their seductive capabilities through the development of various lifestyles.

Within the community, seduction lairs are underground meeting groups for men devoted to the study of seduction as it is taught in the seduction community.

Lairs first began as study groups soon after Ross Jeffries released his first products and began teaching sometime in the early 90s.

A "lair" typically involves two elements: an online forum and group meetings.

These elements are used as resources for men who want to learn to become well-versed in how to successfully attract women.

Many members of the community believe that one's "game" is refined through regular practice, with the idea that the abilities needed to interact in this way with women can be improved.

The seduction community has a unique set of acronyms and jargon for describing male–female dynamics and social interaction.

In 1994, Lewis De Payne, then a student of Jeffries, founded the newsgroup alt.(ASF), The first commercially successful seduction/pick up book was a manual by Tariq Nasheed (also known as King Flex) entitled The Art Of Mackin, which was released in 2000.

Tariq Nasheed went on to write several other seduction/dating books such as The Mack Within: The Holy Book Of Game and The Elite Way:10 Rules Men Must Know In Order To Deal With Women.

Pickup artists receive mixed to negative responses from the press and general public, with many regarding both the practice and theory as immoral, sexist and ineffective.