The Perfect Online Dating Profile Isn’t ‘Perfect’ At All

When creating an online dating profile, the usual protocol is, of course, to put one’s best foot forward. But don’t try to make yourself look too good. According to new research, an overzealously scrubbed OKCupid profile may not elicit the adoration you’d think.

Researchers from the University of Iowa found that people are distrusting of flashy or too-perfect online dating profiles. The most successful profiles, instead, are those that feel authentic, and offer a sense of who the person really is.

“We found people want to contact a person who appears to be accurate in what they are saying about themselves online,” one of the study’s authors, University of Iowa communications professor Andy High, said in a statement. “It’s tough when it comes to dating profiles because we want someone who seems like an amazing person, but we also hopefully will have a relationship with this individual, so we want them to exist.”

In order to test how people respond to various types of dating profiles, the researchers created eight fake OKCupid profiles (four men and four women), with combinations of two possible orientations. The first orientation, “Selective Self-Preservation” (SSP) highlighted only what is “good” about the —> Read More Here


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