But after several months of bullying – sorry, I mean peer pressure – I finally gave in to joining the online dating game.
It can be quite daunting at first, bigging yourself up whilst trying to avoid sounding like an egotistical salesman. DON’T do anything you’re not comfortable with” pointers, but they’re all fairly self- explanatory.
But paradoxically, new research suggests that is not the way to go.
A recently published study from researchers at the University of Iowa looked at how specific kinds of content in online dating profiles changed people's perceptions of the profile's owner.
(In other news: “gay” no longer means happy.) As a rule, you should ask your friends’ permission to include photos of you that feature them on a public dating site and, even if you have done that, it’s best to crop them out. You don’t want prospective dates wondering which person will be turning up for the date. Those who are exchanging photos of their feet (and other body parts) on fetish websites will likely have a profile, too.