Fill out “your body type” category
Plenty of Fish released its own research, stating that women between the ages 25-35 who categorized themselves as “thin” in their profile received more messages than of other body type on the site. Women who listed themselves as “athletic” followed close behind, with “average” receiving the last upward bump of the group.
“BBW” and “a few extra pounds” saw negative effects on the number of messages received, as did “prefer not to say,” which may be the kicker of them all.
So, women, if you don’t want to identify with a generic, subjectively defined body shape for the sake of meeting a mate, you may face negative repercussions—sorry.
As for men, the effects were less defined. The research concludes that men that listed “athletic” build on their profile were among the most desirable on the site but it had less of a top tier effect than the category did for their female counterparts.
Conclusion: People want to know. And yes, it matters.