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How to succeed in online dating

With information like this, dating sites can track your behaviour and predict which dates might be right for you, possibly even better than you can.

Many online daters complain about the experience – women bemoan the fact that men look for younger dates and men criticise women for being too concerned by money and education.Researchers expected that profiles that were presented with high selective self-presentation--those who sounded perfect--and high warranting-- those who provided specifics that could be traced to a real person--would be the most popular.A lot of my single friends moan to me about how hard it is to date online.In the UK, 9.1m people have used an online dating site and one in every five new committed relationships starts online.With more users, comes greater demand for these sites to match the right people together.The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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But it seems as if hooking you up with the right person is less about what you say you want and more about how you, or others like you, behave online.

To gain a little insight into what makes people tick when they look for romance online, we’ve studied the behaviour of 200,000 people on Baihe.com, a dating site in China that has more than 60m registered users.

We took factors such as a user’s age, height, location, income and education level as well as their activity, popularity on the site and their similarity with other users in terms of taste and attractiveness to others and were able to tell whether a user would reply to another’s initial contact message with 75% accuracy.

We also found that women were most concerned with age, income, house, children and parent status, while men didn’t show a clear trend.

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