Perfect Online Dating Profile: For Your Photo, Go Full Body Or Go Home
The results of research by U.K. dating site Zoosk released Thursday shows that the little things mean a lot — particularly how you frame your profile photograph.
The study, which offers up a guide to creating the perfect online dating profile, analyzed the success and failure rates of four thousand online daters on its site. Some of the results were surprising: Poor grammar, text-speak and presumed illiteracy in their profiles make both sexes only 13 percent less successful. But when interested parties begin messaging, they don't have to watch their p's and q's; just their emoticons: the smiley must have a nose. While :-) sees a 13 per cent boost in messages, :) sees a lovelorn 66 per cent dip in replies.
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Women who suggest dinner, drinks, or lunch in the first message get an average 73 percent more replies than women who don't, while men using the same words in their opening message scare off most women: they get an average 35 percent fewer replies. Whereas mention of a "son" or "daughter" gains men a seven per cent boost in responses, it loses the same percent for women.
But men and women didn't always diverge in their turn-ons and turn-offs. The dating site found, for example, that users of both genders benefited from brief profiles: Ones with 100 to 200 words receive 10 per cent more messages than longer profiles. In addition, users using upbeat words such as "confident" and "outgoing" receive 23 percent more incoming messages and four percent more replies to their outgoing ones. Discussing exercise and reading on dating profiles is a powerful lure, garnering both men and women 21 percent more messages, while talking about musicality gets a 15 percent increased response rate, Zoosk found.
Choice of photograph is key. A full-body image will boost both men and women's messages by an average 203 percent. But photographs of women indoors earn 60 percent more messages than photographs of women outdoors. But men benefit from photographs of themselves outdoors, gaining 19 per cent more messages. A selfie gets women an average four percent more messages, but men eight percent fewer. For both men and women, posing with animals increases responses by 53 percent - but standing alongside best friends reduces replies by 43 percent.
So, to sum up: animals good, friends bad. If you're a woman, take an indoor selfie; if you're a man get someone else to shoot your photo outdoors. And always, always, always include your whole body.
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