Online dating tips: The best words for your profile

These are the most commonly used words in online dating profiles on Plenty of Fish.  Credit: Plenty of Fish/Kelly Bowman
These are the most commonly used words in online dating profiles on Plenty of Fish.
Credit: Plenty of Fish/Kelly Bowman

We’re not trying to crack the secret code to dating because, let’s be honest, there isn’t one. But a team of researchers did manage to crack a few online terms that might help you find your match sooner. The popular dating website PlentyOfFish had researchers analyze 1.2 million profiles using what’s known as the word cloud to find the most popular words used by singles who left the dating site in a relationship.

The top 5 words that helped launch singles into a relationship were:  love, time, life, friend and music.

Metro spoke with Sarah Gooding, the public relations manager of PlentyOfFish and a dating coach, to find out why these words work.

“People who were most likely to use the word love (66 percent of women and 52 percent of men) found a relationship,” said Gooding. “I think the word ‘love’ is tied to someone who is more in touch and open with their emotions, and they’re comfortable expressing that.

“One of the differences we found is that single words, like travel, beach, shop and party (short-term words), are less likely to help someone get into a relationship sooner.”

But if these are the things you’re interested in, there’s no need to worry. Gooding says, “It’s not that these users are unsuccessful, it just might take more time to connect with those who want the same thing.”

Long-term words, like relationship, family, children, etc., help singles connect to people who are looking for the same things. Advice from the expert: “Being open and upfront really helps.”

Although we might put a lot of effort into those profile pictures, your word choice may really determine how you’re perceived online.



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