How to be better at online dating, according to psychology
Online dating greatly increases your pool of potential suitors. But the excess of choice might make you overlook good candidates.
Personal growth helps in making long-term relationships work. Don’t be quick to give up on those who are superficially flawed or aren’t an exact match to you.
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You should like your photos but they should accurately depict your physical appearance. Well perceived pictures often feature a genuine smile (one that makes your eyes start to crinkle up) and a slight head tilt.
Briefly write what’s distinctive and interesting about you and what you’re looking for. Ideally, dedicate 70% for the former and 30% for the latter.
Research shows that people tend to fall for others similar to themselves. Being honest about yourself and your needs increases the odds that you will meet compatible people.
Besides being honest, you should consider an app’s target demographic and use the apps that fit your needs well.
Important predictors of relationship success, like communication, humor and personal compatibility, can only be better accessed in a real-life meeting.
Keep online, pre-meeting exchanges to two weeks or shorter and make it personal by asking about a specific part of someone’s profile or about likes and dislikes.
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At least one-third of all marriages in the U. S. are now between partners who met online and researchers say online meeting-based marriages happen more quickly after the first date.
Before the Internet, dating was mostly restricted by one’s social and geographical limitations with friends of friends being the most common method of introduction. The Internet pairs couples that wouldn’t even meet otherwise.
Research also indicates that you're more likely to date someone from a different race if you're dating online, by a factor of about 7 percent.
There's a troubling trend towards exclusive, private membership-based dating apps that only allow very rich or very popular people, essentially creating a dating bubble that socially isolates people by class.
By using less restrictive apps we have the widest possible pools of potential dates, rather than aspiring to something more exclusive, we're keeping ourselves open to more random love connections that cut across lines of race and class and everything else that divides us. We're doing our part to keep society more open, less stratified.