You already know first impressions are crucial in the dating game, but you may be surprised to find out what impression you're really sending out online. Take a closer look at the language you used in your dating profile: Singles who leave online dating sites in a relationship use distinctively different words in their profiles than singles who remain on the site, according to a new analysis of dating profiles on PlentyofFish.com.
For the study, a team of Ph.D. scientists analyzed a word cloud, or a collection of all of the words used in an online space, for 1.2 million profiles on PlentyofFish. They separated the users into two groups: Online Daters Who Found Love (classified as those who closed their accounts when they found a relationship) and Online Daters Who Are Still Looking (classified as those still actively looking on the site).
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When they looked at the most popular words in each of the group's profiles, the researchers found that they were actually different. Awesome news for the hopeless romantics among us: Users who left the site in a relationship used words that focused more on love and meaning (including: "love," "time," "life," "friend," and "music."), while users who remained single on the site tended to use words describing short-term activities (like "travel," "dinner," "concert," "shop," and "beach.").
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It shouldn't come as a huge shock that people looking for a lasting connection would gravitate to more meaningful words, but it's interesting to see that what we write on our online profiles really does matter. So if you're looking for love but have been toning down your readiness to commit in your profileÃ¢â‚¬”maybe to seem easy-going or up-for-anythingÃ¢â‚¬”you might want to reconsider the signals you're sending. Of course, if you're online to find a fling or wade your way through the casual dating pool, there's no need to pump up the romance in your profileÃ¢â‚¬”just do you.
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