If you're willing to go to great lengths to optimize your online dating profile, the first step may be changing your name.A study by the dating app The Grade just found that a name can make a real difference in how many left and right swipes its users get.Zohar Lazar Buried in all that data were some surprising facts about how to optimize your dating profile.If you’re a gay man, pose outdoors—48 percent of the profile pics of the most popular gay men on Ok Cupid were snapped outside. ) Selfies are acceptable for women (45 percent of top-ranking straight women used them, as did 4 percent of lesbians), but not so much for men. Finding a date, let alone love, just isn’t easy—even though there are plenty of apps for that. Users skim profiles looking for a reason to send a message or dismiss (hint: do not mention your mom or exes).Even more baffling was that someone's name actually affects which names they match with.
Aside from the tips in the fun infographic below, I’ve got a few more profile-boosting tidbits for you, including what poses to use in your online dating profile and what color you should wear: Red for ladies (grabs attention, raises the heart rate) and blue for guys (signals you’re a nice guy who can match his own clothes.) Have fun out there, people!what features their potential dates are attracted to.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.Speaking of Erikas, they earn right swipes from almost seven out of 10 guys, while Ericas spelled with a C are only selected by about half of guys on the app.The difference between Rebeccas and Beckys was even starker, with nearly 60 percent of guys swiping full name but only 22.5 percent swiping right to the nickname.