Smiley face emojis work unexpectedly well online - indeed, according to Match's latest survey, people who use emojis end up having more sex.
But make sure you use the ones with a nose :-) , rather than those without :) Here, Kate Taylor, Match.com's relationship expert, explains her failsafe tips for meeting that special someone online.
DON'T Use a photo taken with a flash Research shows they age your face by seven years.
And don’t include alcohol, group shots of friends, or a hastily photoshopped-out ex.
DO Use a photo Profiles with pictures receive 16 times more responses than those without. Women who look directly into the camera for their profile picture receive far more responses than women who look away. We don't know why - could it be women prefer a more brooding, distracted man?
The most successful photos are taken in daylight, using an SLR camera (not a smartphone), and show just one person, not a group. Include a photo of you engaged in an interesting activity Like playing an instrument, a sport, or in an unusual location.
A recent study showed that words such as "skiing", "yoga" and "the ocean" help men get dates; "sweet", "running" and "dance" help women get dates online.
"Electronics", bizarrely, works well for both sexes.
If you use a photo that looks very different from who you are, then your date would be surprised by your real looks when you actually see him in person.
Therefore, you would be well-advised to avoid using a photo that was taken ten years ago or was modified by Photoshop.
If you are rich, don’t show off your wealth in your profile photo, because when your photo displays your fancy car, you’ll automatically attract gold-diggers quickly.
Write a brief, upbeat profile Nothing too deep or too long.
Imagine you're talking to someone you've just met in a bar: how would you describe yourself and your lifestyle?