A good profile for dating

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It should be smiling, looking at the camera, and a clear shot of your face.Check out Jill's before and after photos above; she is the beauty you see in Photo #2, and was inundated with responses after her Smart Dating photo shoot.But paradoxically, new research suggests that is not the way to go.A recently published study from researchers at the University of Iowa looked at how specific kinds of content in online dating profiles changed people's perceptions of the profile's owner.Some were disqualified for being basic-looking bros with too-big arm muscles, and some for trying too hard to be hip, whether emphasizing their DJ gigs or having super hipster photos.In 2015, Pew found that 15 percent of American adults -- and nearly a third of 18- to 24-year-olds -- had used an online dating site or app.

Online dating has made potential partners much more readily available than ever before -- and yet also, somehow, disposable.

90% of your online success is based on your photos.

Your opening headshot is the most important photo you have - it must capture someone's attention instantly, and make them want to learn more.

The other day I was sitting on a train with a friend as she flicked through profiles on Bumble, an online dating service in which women have to reach out to men first.

I watched her swipe left to reject a professional football team's worth of New York-area hipsters, jocks and nerds.

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