Science reveals how to succeed in online dating

Science reveals how to succeed in online dating.
Science reveals how to succeed in online dating.

How can you score a real-life date with someone you meet online? Here’s how. Check out the ultimate science-based tips for online dating, based on 86 different studies.

Anyone who’s tried knows it can be pretty frustrating. There are thousands of profiles to sift through, hundreds of invitations sent, and hours of chitchat. And most of it doesn’t lead to a date.

That’s just what prompted one scientist to take matters into his own hands. He’d been trying online dating and after one too many rejections from potential sweethearts, decided to team up with another scientist to do a little research. The two figured, why not put science to use to find out how to get a first date with someone you meet online.

They went about searching for all of the studies out there on online dating. Their were narrowed down to a total of 86 studies, which came from different fields of research such as psychology, sociology, and even computer sciences. The duo then went about organising all of the data and came up with the do's and don’ts for online dating success. And below are the top 10 tips:

Pick a positive screen name that starts with a letter in the top half of the alphabet

Keep it real when you’re writing your profile

Use the 70:30 rule – 70 per cent of the profile should be about you, and 30 per cent should be about what you’re looking for in a date

Show you have a sense of humour instead of saying you’re funny

Create a profile that’s similar to those of the people you find attractive

Send short, personalised invitations that tell a person what you like about their profile or picture

Respond to messages quickly – showing you’re eager is not a turn-off

Ask open questions instead of those that have yes or no answers

Be a bit mysterious to keep your potential dating guessing whether you’re interested

Don’t wait too long before moving from online chatting to first date