I’m 24, and I’ve always seemed to have good luck with online dating.I’ve met lots of people that way, including my last two boyfriends and a lot of now-close friends.Lately, though, I have this weird dry spell: I still get contacted, but can’t seem to make it to a first date.I know that you recommend that people use really great, perhaps professionally done, photos.Analytical data abounds on the realities of online dating — and not all of it is good news.For example, 10% of dating profiles are fake, and over million is lost every year from cons, according to the FBI, which receives thousands of romance scam complaints annually.
A study by Grammarly shows that just two mistakes means men are 14% less likely to get a response.
When someone uploads just one photo or a couple that are basically all the same (e.g., headshots), you’re not learning anything about them.
Real people with real dating profiles will upload a variety of photos to showcase their personality and hobbies — but fake people with fake profiles don’t want to take the chance of getting caught by uploading too many stolen photos. Sticking with the photo theme, alarms should be going off in your head if a profile has photos that look too perfect.
Professionally done photos are great, but you can tell the difference between professionally done photos and stock photos.
Stock photos normally have plain backgrounds (e.g., white) and people who seem just a little bit familiar (because you’ve seen them in other stock photos).
It’s not hard to take photos from a stock photo site (or any other site, for that matter), so take advantage of resources like Tin Eye and Google’s reverse image search.