And while those micro-decisions seem unimportant, they add up and do matter, because you’re only as good as the profile you craft.
So how do you create the kind of online identity that will land you a first date?
For example, from the study: “genuine, attractive, outgoing, professional female, good sense of humor, into keeping fit, socializing, music and travel, seeks like-minded, good-natured guy to share quality times.” Feel free to copy and paste that, if it fits the bill.
Also, the study notes that men prefer women who are fit through activities such as yoga and going to the gym, and women prefer bravery and risk-taking to kindness and altruism.
The authors write that a first date is more likely with a realistic profile.
Lying when you are online could mean awkward moments later on when you have to fess up to the truth. “Dishonesty in profiling is damaging to the online dating goal,” the authors write.
More people are becoming open to the idea of an interracial relationship, and even making a conscious choice to seek partners of other racial backgrounds.
DO: BE AUTHENTIC This is a tip that works in on- and off-line dating.
When picking a username, opt for incorporating more desirable traits rather than ones with negative connotations, the researchers wrote.
Stay away from words like “little” or “bugg” in them, as they “are often associated with inferiority,” the study noted.
People also look to cues like spelling and grammatical errors (it’s “they’re” not “there,” pal).
Humor can give you the edge, but as they say in journalism, show, don’t tell.