-- In your first communication, do not send a "wink," meaning a signal to attract the attention of the other user.Instead, you should send a short personalised message focussing on one of the traits of your potential date."Add to this the fact that search engines sort names alphabetically." Khan and Sameer Chaudhry at Barts and the London School of Medicine sought objective data on how people conveyed their attractiveness on dating sites, and whether others responded to it.They trawled through 3,938 studies into online dating, published in psychology, sociology and behavioural science journals. The numbers were crunched, resulting in what could be termed a Statisticians' Guide to Online Courtship. Valentine's Day, in a specialised journal, Evidence Based Medicine. This will show you have friends and are good company but are not grabby or lecherous.Nor did they know whether any real-life dates blossomed into long-term relationships.Despite this, the implications of the probe "are many," they say.As it gets darker and colder, people want to find someone to warm up to."How About We says its membership rises 40 percent in January and February, when users suggest cold-weather dates like ice skating, having a snowball fight, or drinking hot toddies.(The site also offers a separate service to arrange dates for couples looking to keep their relationships fun once they’ve settled down.)But why would January 5th be the peak day for prospective daters, and not the 1st?
"A profile that appears genuine is more likely to generate interest." Khan and Chaudhry admit their investigation has limitations."Several factors make a difference when looking for love in a digital setting," said Khalid Khan, a professor at Queen Mary University of London."Starting with a screen name with a letter in the top half of the alphabet is surprisingly important -- because several measures of success, such as educational attainment and income, are linked to names higher up the alphabet.Here are other things the pair discovered: -- Men prefer profile names that indicate physical attractiveness, such as "Blondie" or "Cutie," while women prefer monickers for men that point to intelligence, such as "Cultured." -- Names with negative associations such as "Bugg" or "Little" should be avoided in favour something playful, such as "Fun2bwith." -- For an attractive profile photo, go for a genuine smile (one that crinkles up the eyes), and tilt your head, a sign of interest. A strong bet is a picture of you in the middle of a group having a good time. -- Women find a man more attractive when they see other women smiling at him.And women can help their own pitch by wearing red, a colour linked to primal male drive.