The worst thing you could do is use old photos of yourself.
It’s dishonest, and you’ll only make the guy mad when you meet in person.
If you’re a gay man, pose outdoors—48 percent of the profile pics of the most popular gay men on Ok Cupid were snapped outside. ) Selfies are acceptable for women (45 percent of top-ranking straight women used them, as did 4 percent of lesbians), but not so much for men.
Enroll in a yoga class and learn to surf—they’re the most popular activities for men and women alike, so either desirable singles are super mellow or it’s aspirational, and everyone to be mellow.
Mentioning cats is fine, but mention “my cats” and you’re a weirdo.
The data shows that lesbians appreciate nice legs, gay men prize nice arms, and straight women and men are looking for flat stomachs above all else.
Scientists at Barts, the London School of Medicine, and The University of North Texas suggest that looking at other people’s online dating profiles, finding what catches your eye, and then mirroring the good aspects in your own profile will bring you success.
Almost every dating site lets you create a dating profile for free, (even lets you browse profiles for free), so make use of it.
Your main photo is the first thing men will notice about you, so it’s worth taking the time to make sure it’s perfect.
A study by Wired, who analyzed data from Ok and Match.com, identified 1,000 keywords that are the best and worst options.
Words you should try to use include “yoga”, “surfing”, “Radiohead”, “abs”, and “whom”.
So if you say you’re outdoorsy, then you should have at least one picture of you camping or hiking or skiing.
Studies show women who wear red in their profile photo receive more initial messages from men than women who don’t, but that’s the only thing that’s right with this pic. And avoid selfies as well as group and overly sexualized pictures — I beg of you.