Online dating tips you'll want to know

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This article is about research published in the British Medical Journal's publication Evidence Based Medicine.

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Researchers have harnessed the power of science and come up with ways to make the best possible dating profiles.

We've boiled it down to the essentials. And you're welcome.

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The perfect screen name

If you want to grab as much attention as possible, stay away from "XXX".

Search engines sort things alphabetically, so if it's near the top of the alphabet, it will do better.

This is not the time to be subtle, especially if you're trying to attract men.

Apparently they respond well to obvious names that make you sound hot.

Things like "Blondie" and "Cutie" rather than anything that could be negative like "Little" or "Bugg".

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Cara Delevingne
Image caption Cara knows how to work the camera

The profile pic

Number one - be attractive. But while most of us can't do much about what we actually look like, there are tips on how to boost your chances of being swiped right.

First of all, smile like you mean it. A genuine smile that crinkles up your eyes will make you look more likeable.

If you tilt your head slightly it can make you appear more appealing too.

Ladies, think about colour. If you wear red, you could have "significantly more" men getting in touch with you.

The other photos

This is where your friends come in handy.

You need some group photos to show that you are desirable company.

Cara Delevingne and friends
Image caption J-Lo's got it right

Ideally, you want to be bang in the middle to show how damn important you are.

Touching is good too. But not too much, maybe just a hand on someone's upper arm.

And when it comes to social status, the person who is doing the touching is seen as better than the person being touched.

The headline

This one doesn't say much for our intelligence, but hey.

Keep it simple, because people are drawn to words they can remember and pronounce.

The description

"I'm a supermodel with a ridiculously high IQ. In my spare time, I enjoy saving the planet and partying with the jet-set."

Or not. Apparently we're quite good at sniffing out liars, so try to stick to reality.

Remember this isn't a CV, so it's not the time to list your qualifications and achievements.

It's more important to sound likeable.

Don't blame us for the mildly sexist cliches next. Blame the scientists.

Yoga position
Image caption Men like this

They say men like women who do yoga and aerobics, but aren't so keen on rugby and bodybuilders.

And women are looking for bravery and courage over kindness and charity.

And try not to be too "me, me, me".

If you want more responses make about 70% of the writing about you, and the rest about the kind of person who you want to meet.

The message

When you do start messaging someone, don't make it generic or bland.

    • Dear Cath, Let's take a bath
    • Dear Del, I won't kiss and tell
    • Dear Tamsyn, you're amazin'
    • Dear Kat, you're all that
    • Dear Fliss, do you want a kiss?

It doesn't have to be an essay either - just a quick line saying something about their photo or profile will do nicely.

Unless you're feeling creative, in which case you might want to try poetry.

Ideally something that rhymes with their names.

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