How to get more dates from your online dating profile, according to science and statistics (or something like that)
’Tis the season to be dating. New resolutions, new regimens, new goals, and new promises come with the new year so naturally during the online dating industry’s annual boom period.
We turned to some of our favorite research, studies, and surveys from the past year to pinpoint five (and a questionable sixth) tips to spruce up your dating profile to help you get a jump start on this feeding frenzy.
And to explain them, here are six iStock models who look positively stoked about online dating. Next
Guys, go outside
According to a recent study by international dating social site, Zoosk, male users who used a non-selfie photo taken outdoors saw a 19 percent increase in messages. For women: not so much. The female profiles in this study showed a decrease in messages when a photo of themselves in the wilderness was featured — by a a shocking 40 percent. Next
Check your teeth and your grammar
A survey of 5,481 singles, ages 21 and older, conducted by Market Tools Inc. for dating mega site Match.com, revealed that the top two things both men and women consider “must-haves” in a potential date are: teeth and grammar.
58 percent of men are staring at your perfect chompers while 71 perfect of women are looking for pearly whites. Meanwhile, 69 percent of women and 55 percent of men are looking for good grammar in an ideal mate’s profile. Next
Get some friends
Most dating sites frown upon shots that feature faces other than your own, but for apps that pull straight from Facebook, like Tinder and Hinge, the prospect of a group shot making its way into the rotation is pretty unavoidable. And according to a study published last year in Psychological Science, this may actually work in your favor. Activity-based dating site HowAboutWe’s blog The Date Report calls the findings proof of “the so-called cheerleader effect.”
They conclude: “When confronted by a group of people, your visual system creates ‘ensemble representations’ that blend their features. We’re instinctively drawn to “average” faces, possibly because – in evolutionary terms – they indicate that a potential mate is not a horrifying mutant who crawled out of our nightmares. Lo and behold, the average group face your neurons have Photoshopped for you is more appealing than the group’s individual faces.” Next
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. Next
This one obviously cannot be achieved by everyone, but it’s an interesting fact none the less. The same Plenty of Fish study found that heterosexual “women between the ages of 25 and 26, receive 14.4 percent more messages” than any other users in their study of females ages 25-35. Women age 33 receive the fewest.
Bleak. Back to the beginning
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