Which pictures get clicked on the most in online dating profiles? Are you more likely to generate interest if your profile is funny or you list the marathons you’ve run? Are bald guys more popular than those with hair? And what if you change your body-type listing from “curvy” to “average”?
The people who know the answers are often the ones turning the cranks at online dating sites. Match.com, EHarmony, JDate and others have access to all kinds of information, based on how much you give away in your profile and how active its thousands of members are in the rotating slideshow of profiles. Some of those sites compile statistical data based on what they are seeing you (and, once upon a time, me) do on their sites. It’s nothing to fret about — they aren’t calling out you and the four dudes you went out with and the creepy guy you babysat for in the ’90′s who keeps appearing in your suggested set-ups box. But some of these matchmaking entities do put together some fascinating and possibly very helpful information about trends they note from all the clicking, flirting, searching and cancellations among digital daters.
HowAboutWe.com put together a massive dating report after setting up couples on one million outings. The report is full of data on dating from city to city. Seems like this would be extraordinarily helpful in setting up first-meetings in your locale, right?
Wrong. Click to watch why this research is full of lies and poor guidance. Unless it’s 1994. [After the jump].
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