Dating: The Final Frontier

We’re So Vain: Full Body Photos Will Get You 203% More Online Dating Messages

Er, those 2015 predictions seem wishful. (Zoosk)

Guess what, ladies? If men aren’t messaging your online dating profile, it’s not because they’re intimidated by your intelligence or good looks. It’s probably because you’re posting too many outdoorsy photos and not enough selfies.

Right on the heels of Match.com, Zoosk has published its own swath of end-of-the-year online dating statistics. Yes, Zoosk—the people who also helpfully instructed women on exactly what make-up to wear to snag a man onlineRead More

FAIL

Helpful: Zoosk Explains Exactly What Makeup You Should Wear to Snag a Man Online

Hold it, lady. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Women are confronted with a bevy of tough choices to make all day, every day. What should we wear? How much skin should we show? How little should we eat? What color hand towels should we hang in the downstairs powder room? Will dying our hair red turn us into wanton sluts?

Of course, most of these quandaries stem from the core issue that motivates each and every one of our questions: how do the men feel about what we’re doing?

So we were relieved when the following pitch came into our inbox from dating site Zoosk: “How Do Men Really Feel About Women Wearing Makeup?” This reporter has racked her brain for the answer to this for years. Men are usually so shy about giving their opinions about a woman’s appearance, after all. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Science: Men Who Use Smiley Faces Online Get Hit On Less

do not want. (flickr.com/katerha)

Everyone knows it’s creepy when guys use the :) smiley face flirtatiously.

We’re not exactly sure why. It’s probably the “I’m not threatening or scary, I promise” vibe. Either way, a text or email with a :) from someone you haven’t been out with yet is sure to send you running.

It turns out we aren’t in the minority. Actual, real life science (O.K., a “study” from Zoosk.com) shows that men who use :) in their profile have a 6 percent decrease in incoming messages and 12 percent fewer responses to outgoing messages. Read More