These days, more and more hyper-customized—and pretty pricey—dating apps and services keep popping up. From facial-recognition software to DNA-based compatibility tests, these high-end matchmakers will run you anywhere from $3,500 to a whopping $15,000. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have thousands to blow on personalized love coaching. Here’s some free advice to get the most out of standard online-dating memberships.
1. Reach out to a match on Wednesday, Friday, or over the weekend.
You’ll have about a 50 percent higher chance of getting a response on these days, according to data collected by VirtualDatingAssistants.com.
2. Use words like “you” and “supportive” in your intro message.
A 2012 study claimed that social and outward-focused terms receive more responses than those that are self-involved or leisurely, like “I” and “movies.”
3. Find out how he likes to spend his time and cash.
Similar tastes in these areas are crucial, says Maria Avgitidis, founder of Agape Match. Ask: “What do you like to do on your days off? What’s a worthy splurge?”
4. Set the first date 17 to 23 days after initiating contact with him.
This specific window gives you the optimal online courting time before meeting, found a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
To find out what happened when one editor tried out three überpersonal methods of finding a soulmate, and for more dating tips, pick up the April 2015 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.
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