Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that.
Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.
We even scoured the top 400 most popular Ok Cupid profiles—the hottest people on the site in ten US cities—to see what their profile pics could tell the rest of us about attracting a date.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of the data maestros at Match and Ok Cupid: Christian Rudder, cofounder and president of Ok Cupid, and Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at
These guys and their data teams ran queries of all kinds and pulled spreadsheet after spreadsheet of information to try and answer our strange questions.
We also needed Ok Cupid to get permission from their users to enable us to publish those popular profile pics.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but using a picture of yourself five years ago or 10 pounds ago will only let you down in the long run.
It's okay to upload your favorite vacation pic if it's a few years old, but be sure that the majority of your pictures are within the last six months.
There are a few profile-writing strategies to optimize the likelihood of interest from potential matches. Keep in mind the rules of first-date conversation and apply them to how you introduce yourself to strangers online, too. Keep your profile upbeat and focused on all the great things you have to offer and are looking for in a new relationship.
We analyzed the 1,000 most popular words on both men and women’s profiles, tabulated the most popular movies and TV shows, and crunched stats on what people consider their best feature vs.
what features their potential dates are attracted to.
"For best online dating profile results, feature both your best physical assets and your not-so-favorite physical ones," Karsten says.
"This allows the opportunity for a real admirer to genuinely connect and feel the chemistry." Use current photos.