现代泡学(PUA)文化可以追朔到80年代的一本书，叫《How to Pick Up Girls》（也就是《怎样征服美丽少女》这本书的英文原版），不久之后，美国人Ross Jeffries在神经语言程序学（NLP）的基础上建立了他的Speed Seduction吸引系统，并开创了以教授吸引技巧的培训指导，对PUA文化作出了革命性的颠覆。1994年之后，在网络上逐渐发展出一个社区论坛，也就是本书经常提到的网络PUA论坛，即Fast Seduction，这个论坛培养了大批的PUA，无数高手都在其中切磋较艺，光本书中提到的名字就有迷男（Mystery），杂耍人(‘Juggler’ Wayne Elise)，型男（Style）, Badboy, PlayboyLA (Stephen Nash), Tyler Durden, Carlos Xuma, Steve Piccus （Steve P）, Sinn等等
The party was a disaster. Ross couldn’t handle himself around classy people. He spent most of the night thinking he was flirting by acting as if he were my gay lover and crawling on all fours behind Carmen Electra, pretending to be a dog sniffing her ass. When I was talking to another girl, he interrupted to brag about a pickup he had just done. At 10:00 P.M., he said he was tired and demanded that I drive him home.
I made a mental note never again to take Ross anywhere cool. It was an embarrassment. Since I’d started spending so much time with PUAs, I’d lowered my standards for people I hung out with.