Dating site rules

"The amount of times that people are approached when they have photos is multitudes more than when they don't," says Gian Gonzaga, Ph D, e Harmony's senior director of research and development and head of e Harmony Labs. Leave behind group shots, which can make it confusing for other people to identify you, advises Spira, and choose a headshot in which you are smiling.

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Taking the Relationship Offline The time to take your relationship beyond the boundaries of the dating site will eventually come.

And according to Spira, it should be sooner rather than later.

"This study finds that dating behaviors drastically differ between the ages.

Younger singles are more likely to friend their date on Facebook, communicate by text after a date, and be evasive about their availability if they're not interested in a second date.

To do that, "talk about yourself in anecdotes," says Gonzaga.

Instead of saying that you like to cook (which plenty of people will do), describe in detail what your favorite meal to make is.

As far as friend requesting your date goes, 21 percent of young singles say it's OK to request a friend after 2-3 dates while 11 percent of older singles wait until the relationship is exclusive to do so.

These low percentages mean keep your add-friend trigger finger under control while in the early phase of dating.

Whereas older singles are more cautious when it comes to dating in the digital era."That said, here are the eight dating habits — new and old — that every single person needs to know about.

Ah, the social media dilemma that plagues all singles.

According to Ok Trends, the top three phrases in initial e-mails with the highest response rate are "you mention," "good taste" and "noticed that." So, describe something that resonated with you from his profile, advises Spira, but avoid physical compliments because "they seem too clichéd." And keep it brief: Ok Trends found that the ideal first message length is only 200 characters, or one minute's worth of typing for the average writer.

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