Radio 2 has been exploring the world of Internet dating in a series of special features. Dating online can seem daunting to many, with the risk of heartbreak and the possibility of rejection just a swipe away. Fresh from chatting to Jeremy Vine about setting up an online dating profile, which you can hear in the clip below, we asked broadcaster and reformed "industrial dater" Andy West and Nichi Hodgson author of The Curious History of Dating for their best tips on finding love online. Whether you're taking this dating lark seriously or are a bit more laid-back, it's a good idea to work out what you want from an online dating service. Are you after true love?
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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. 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 of their subscribers to understand the most effective ways to set up a profile and send messages, and they recently published their findings. We took a look at the data and broke it down into five easy tips to help you finally find your one true love.
Once upon a time, internet dating was a vaguely embarrassing pursuit. Who wanted to be one of those lonely hearts trolling the singles bars of cyberspace? These days, however, the New York Times Vows section —famous for its meet-cute stories of the blissfully betrothed—is full of couples who trumpet the love they found through Ok Cupid or Tinder. Today an estimated one-third of marrying couples in the U. Locking eyes across a crowded room might make for a lovely song lyric, but when it comes to romantic potential, nothing rivals technology, according to Helen Fisher, PhD , a biological anthropologist, senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute , and chief scientific adviser to Match.
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now! A lot has changed since online dating first became popular in the s and oughts. Your profile is a lot like a resume, but with selfies. It's also important to use unique words that show your personality and allow people to get to know you a little bit better by just reading your profile.