Internet dating profiles
So it should come as no shock that those who have been in the online dating game for a little while have developed a sort of shorthand.Certain phrases, words, and emojis pop up on lots of different dating profiles, and they all have specific meanings.Intrepid men and women with a drive to explain the unknowable have long answered the great mysteries of the universe, and of the human condition, with science.Penicillin, the genome, evolution and the Big Bang: these are the breakthroughs that shape our world."Hey" just isn't going to cut it, partly because, as is the case with your photos, your bio, and other profile elements, you're making a pitch about yourself to the person you're trying to talk to. Just think— wouldn't it be nice to get a message from someone who seemed like they were specifically interested in you?In sum, "hey" is the worst thing since stepping on a wet spot on your kitchen floor while wearing socks. You should have a “genuine smile” in your picture, one that crinkles up your eyes. It’s good if you can get a shot of you in the center of a group of people (because, Power), better if you’re a man to have a few women smiling adoringly at you (because, Desire), and best if you’re shown touching another person, but not being touched, because apparently the toucher is perceived to be of a higher status.Your Headline First and foremost, be honest, but not brutal in your self-assessment.
And tipping the scale ever-so-slightly on the creepy side, similarity breeds affection, so a user named “Hot4YOU” would be more likely to respond to someone with the related handle “Burning4YOU”.Men gravitate towards positive handles—this isn’t the place for self-deprecation—that intimate the person on the other side of the screen is sexy (stuff like “Blondie” and “Cutie”).Meanwhile, women prefer a screen name that makes its owner sounds smart (“Made Up Of Star Stuff,” perhaps? Interestingly enough, the letters that make up your screen name may be even more important than the words they form.With a list of eerily specific guidelines—covering everything from the perfect screen name to the wording of that first message—science has the looking for love covered.And for those who judge breakthroughs in online dating insignificant in the annals of scientific discovery, even Carl Sagan knows that “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”The Perfect Handle Men are simple creatures, the science suggests, so obvious screen names are the most effective.
“There is an opportunity to exploit the name-similarity effect by browsing extensively before registration, identifying profiled names of people who you find attractive, and then choosing a similar screen name,” the authors write.