Animals That Attract: These Get Your Dating Profile Noticed
Crafting the perfect dating profile isn’t an easy feat.
You want to make sure it’s optimised for the largest group of people possible, highlighting not just your looks, but your personality and interests as well. Any little thing helps, meaning your array of photos should include more than just a headshot (and shouldn’t be stacked with group hangouts where it’s hard to decipher who you actually are).
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Show you’re an individual! Show your fun side! Show… your love of dogs, cats or snakes, perhaps. Our friends over at Zoosk did some digging, pulling exclusive data from 15,314,690 photos(!) that hints at the inclusion of certain animals in profile pictures of both men and women making a difference in terms of meeting new people on the app. Sure, rolling around with an adorable little puppy probably appeals to a certain audience, but in reality, showcasing a hamster will actually increase your inbound messages the most — by 351 percent, to be exact.
Surprisingly enough, sheep followed hamsters at 328 percent, with elephants next at 314 percent. Animals that boost your inbound messages by 200 percent and over include horses, rabbits, dogs, frogs, cats, birds and goats. Rounding out the list are goldfish, boosting your inbound messages by 161 percent, while reptiles get the short (but still decent) end of the stick with snakes at 117 percent, and lizards at 109 percent.
Now, don’t worry. If you’re not one to document every little thing your pet does, a simple mention will suffice, too. Zoosk also data-mined 41,054 men’s profiles and 375,454 messages, helping gents learn that just referencing certain animals will do you some good — that is, unless it’s a cat or a bird.
According to their research, mentioning your snake (no, not that one) will increase your inbound messages by 186 percent. Talking about your house will bring in 75 percent more messages, while referencing a dog will get you a mere 13 percent more messages, which is better than nothing. Cats and birds, however, seem to scare potential dates away. Your message volume will drop by 23 percent if a feline is brought up, and if there’s any squawk of that flying animal with beaks, feathers, and wings, you’ll see a major decrease in messages by 100 percent.
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There’s no real scientific backing to these statistics, although FoundAnimals does support the notion of putting a pet somewhere in your dating profile. They believe that “disclosing from the start that you have a furry friend in your life sets realistic expectations for your time,” and is “also a benefit to how you’re perceived.”
There’s no harm in testing these animal-based stats out, especially if it ups your chance in landing a hot date or two. Just remember that in this instance, felines and fowls may not be your friends.
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