March 20, 2018
Eat, drink and be merry: Mentioning food in an online dating profile may result in a substantial increase in responses, based on findings of a recent survey.
A poll of 7,000 singles conducted late in 2017 by the San Francisco-based dating site, Zoosk, found that those who are looking for love online can score 144% more dates simply by adding the word, guacamole, to their profiles.
Overall, Zoosk’s researchers said, any mention of food in an online dating profile is going to result in an increase in inbound messages. But some really add to your appeal—among them:
- Guacamole: 144% increase in messages
- Potatoes: 101%
- Chocolate: 100%
- Salad: 97%
- Sushi: 93%
- Avocado: 91%
- Pasta: 75%
- Cheese: 75%
- Cake: 72%
- Burgers 68%
There are a few exceptions, however. Interestingly enough, although fried chicken is considered delicious by almost everyone, a mention of this food in a dating profile results in 15% fewer responses.And the very worst thing to mention is yams, which can cut your responses by 70%.
Conversely, while it may seem counter-intuitive, mentioning foods in follow-up messages may have a detrimental effect on a promising hookup. Indeed, based on the results of the survey, food probably shouldn’t be the first thing you talk about with someone. For the most part, mentioning food in an initial message doesn’t result in many more replies. But there are some exceptions, the most surprising of which is eggplant, which attracts 10% more responses than the average.
Finally, according to data from 12,000 profiles released last year from dating site eHarmony.com, a number of words make a potential love interest more likely to respond to you.
The top five words for men, include the following:
- Physically fit (+96% more interaction)
- Perceptive (+51%)
- Spontaneous (+45%)
- Outgoing (+44%)
- Optimistic (+39%)
For women, those words would be as follows:
- Ambitious (+48%)
- Perceptive (+46%)
- Sweet (+33%)
- Hard working (+32%)
- Thoughtful (+28%)
This research all comes at a time when fully 15% of American adults say they have used at least one online dating site and/or a mobile dating app to look for Mr. or Ms. Right, according to data from last year released by the Pew Research Center.
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