China shuts 'obscene and lascivious' dating websites 17 Feb Expressing an interest in particular hobbies appeals to prospective dates, too. Liking Radiohead, Homeland, Pulp Fiction and The Great Gatsby are effective date words, and mentioning cats is fine, as long as you don't say "my cats". Men who refer to women as "females" or "women" rather than "girls" are more likely to find a mate, as are men who use the word "whom" 31 per cent more online communication.
Smiley face emojis work unexpectedly well online - indeed, people who use emojis apparently have more sex. But make sure you use the ones with a nose: Here, Kate Taylor, a relationship expert with Match. One in six marriages now begins online Source: The most successful photos are taken in daylight, using an SLR camera not a smartphone , and show just one person, not a group.
Summery photos work better than wintery shots. Look at the camera Women who look directly into the camera for their profile picture receive far more responses than women who look away. Interestingly, the opposite is true for men. We don't know why - could it be women prefer a more brooding, distracted man? Include a photo of you engaged in an interesting activity Like playing an instrument, a sport, or in an unusual location. These photos create the most conversations because they break the ice.
Include your most sociable interests in your profile Show someone how they can fit into your world. For example, if you love film, mention the cinema, not the fact you recently lost an entire weekend to Netflix. Write a brief, upbeat profile Nothing too deep or too long.
Imagine you're talking to someone you've just met in a bar: Use an outdated photo Anything over 12 months old needs updating. The biggest reason first dates don't lead to second dates is "unmet expectations". Mention your ex in your profile It suggests you're not ready for a new relationship. Write a shopping list "I'm looking for someone who's tall, funny, intelligent, kind, loyal, romantic, sociable Instead, send out a request for company. You can always tweak things later. In fact, regularly updating your profile keeps you active on the site and leads to more matches, so see your profile as a work in progress.