Most of us will have tried out some sort of dating app over the years; they can be really exciting but also pretty confusing if you’re not really sure what you’re supposed to be saying or doing. But to make things a little easier, research has now shown how making just one small tweak to your dating profile can improve your chances of making a connection by around 30%.
New analysis from the relationship experts at eharmony, in collaboration with JustGiving, reveals that singles who reference some form of philanthropy on their profile – with keywords including charity, volunteering, giving or donating – receive over a third (34%) more communications than those who do not.
So, to boost your chances of getting a date, why not find a charity who could use a donation, give over some money and then let the world know about how big your heart is. You’ll be knocking boots with the love of your life in no time!
Jonathan Beber, Head of Research and Development at eharmony explains: “Altruism is a key dimension of compatibility which helps us predict whether two people will have a satisfying relationship together.
“This is because sharing altruistic traits means you and your partner prioritise caring for others in the same way. Research also suggests that altruistic singles tend to end up in happier in relationships, perhaps because they are more generous-hearted.
“On the other hand, if two people have significantly differing altruism levels, they may encounter more conflict in their relationship. For example, a person who scores low on altruism may be critical of a more generous partner who spends a lot of time volunteering, helping others or donates money to charity.”
The analysis also considers location and reveals that residents of Liverpool, Manchester and Belfast possess the highest levels of philanthropy, making them the UK’s most charitably-minded cities. And when considering gender, women are found to be somewhat more altruistic than their male counterparts. Come on fellas, we need to seriously up our game.
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Dating coach and editor of Dating Magazine James Preece gave some extra advice on how to boost your chances of success with online dating. He told ShortList: “Many people write that they are caring, but don’t actually demonstrate how. So by going a little deeper and describing exactly what you do to help others, you become much more authentic. If you can show that you are willing to put other people before yourself, it will make you instantly more attractive.
“If you want to go one step further, use your photos to back this up. For example, a photograph of you doing something lovely for other people will make people associate you with these positive feelings. Images are much more powerful than words and more believable too.”
You can also head here to read our top tips from our panel of experts on how to make even more tweaks to your dating profile to help you find your other half.