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Game, Set & Cyber-Match

The 6 online dating tips every woman should know

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  • 3. Get Photo-Ready

    Dating service How About We found that users who uploaded at least three photos received twice as many messages as those who had just one. Upload seven, instructs Davis, who actually specifies the order: “(1) close-up, (2) full-length, (3) close-up, (4) action shot, (5) full-length, (6) close-up, (7) action shot.” Webb praises one sought-after woman's photo because “her hair and makeup didn't look overdone, but she had definitely spent time on both.” In a study by the University of Rochester, women wearing red were found to be more attractive—yes, that old chestnut—and OKCupid reports that women get the most messages when their expression is flirty and their gaze is directed at the camera. (Men do best when looking slightly off camera.) Webb and Davis advocate flashing a shoulder or a little cleavage—and both stress the importance of good lighting. To that end, Webb shot all of her pictures at the fabled predusk “golden hour.”

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    4. Choose Your Targets

    “It's impossible to message or date one person at a time,” Davis writes. “At that rate, you'll be dating online for years.” To determine which profiles are worth your time, make a list (offline) of what you're looking for—one that is so specific you'd probably be embarrassed if anyone actually read it. For her own search, Webb listed 72 qualities, ranging widely from “Likes cities, hates suburbs” to “Mac person > PC person.” Davis suggests eliminating qualities common to “any successful relationship, like ‘honesty' and ‘trustworthiness'.... ­Instead, focus on attributes that would specifically appeal to you, such as ‘thrill seeker'.”

Game, Set & Cyber-Match
The 6 online dating tips every woman should know
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