Experts reveal the best methods of success for online dating
Our generation has seen the birth of a completely new form of dating, one that is conducted largely from our fingertips. Certainly, we log onto apps such as Tinder and Bumble and accept or reject potential love interests on the basis of their Facebook photos and a 300 word bio, which is somehow supposed to sum up the person in question. Now, it goes without saying, but this is a completely different landscape from the dinner-and-a-movie type affair that the generation before us enjoyed.
But it is incredibly popular. I mean, do your friends even use social media if they haven't had a stab at using the popular dating app, Tinder? I don't think so, as Tinder has an estimated 50 million users worldwide. And as such, we go through social situations hearing tales about dating apps either leading to long fulfilling relationships, or you know, leaving people traumatised.
But the latter doesn't have to be your story. Experts have recently concluded that men have more success on dating apps if they create profiles that mirror the type of woman that they are trying to attract.
While we've heard everyone wax lyrical about how important to include realistic images, and a comprehensive list of your interests and hobbies on your dating profile, researchers from the University of Michigan are the first to claim that it's more important to browse the profiles of the type of person that you want to attract before you start to put together your own bio.
The researchers specifically looked at how women perceived the text included in men's profiles, and whether it either helped or hindered their chances at securing a date.
They analysed three months' worth of anonymous data from dating applications, including the profiles of 410,000 active users from 10 different cities. Altogether, these users penned 25 million messages and rated other users' profiles an eye-watering 864 million times.
Researchers discovered that not only did men account for 62 per cent of the messages seen on dating apps, but that they also initiated 86 per cent of the communication.
The study surmised that men were most successful when they honed in on the similarities they shared with the women that they wished to attract.
The lead author of the study, Danaja Maldeniya has asserted, "Our findings suggest that when males craft their profiles, they should attempt to highlight their perceived similarities with the females they are hoping to attract, while highlighting what they think makes them stand out from the competition". "Depending on the particular pair of users, these two factors may be at odds."
"The results of our study offer insights that could be useful for improving the recommendations made by dating sites to their users.For example, at any given time, a dating site would know the set of males who are competing for the attention of a female.
The site can then adjust recommendations so that the female is linked to a more diverse set of men who are different from her current suitors, but still similar to her, which our results suggest would lead to more successful matches."
Well, there you have it: it really does pay to do your research.