If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2014 is to finally find love—and if you’re single, it probably is—then there’s a good chance you may soon turn to online dating.According to a Pew Research poll released last October, 59 percent of Internet users think that online dating is a good way to meet people, while 36 percent of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner, according to dating site Zoosk, are going online to find a match.
For one thing, women tend to be a little bit less shallow than we are in that department, and, for another, the less you blindside a woman with surprises on the first date, the better. Trying to impress women by snapping a shot of yourself with that supermodel-hot coworker doesn’t work. Posing with animals accounts for a negative 53 percent rate of message replies. While men don’t like it when women mention that they are divorced or have kids, turns out women do.Yes, selfies have become an ingrained part of our culture, but you should keep them on Instagram where they belong.According to Zoosk’s data, profiles with a selfie as the photo get a negative 8 percent response rate.Now, you may think that having a face like Ryan Gosling and a bank account like Mark Zuckerberg is the best way to attract women online, but the truth is that even those guys would strike out with a crappy online dating profile.Zoosk studied a sample of around 4000 of their subscribers to understand the most effective ways to set up a profile and send messages, and they recently published their findings.