Zoosk found that men who posted selfies received 8 percent fewer messages. That matches up with Davis' experiences of sitting down with clients and watching them weed through profiles. (Sorry.) If you really want to show a selfie, consider the location.One of my dear friends was clearly not impressed with one selfie she saw of a man in a parked car.But if you're into more than a wham-bam-thank-you-whoever, experts say details matter.Don't write vague statements about being fun, easy-going and enjoying long walks.My two cents: There are hundreds of emoji aside from the eggplant. The dawn of dating apps has spawned many new businesses, but perhaps one of the most interesting niches is the dating profile photographer. She whisked me up to a nearby deserted but pretty rooftop which I didn’t even know existed. It turns out for straight women, pouting is not the one.
"It's like a screenplay -- you don't want to have Bruce Willis turn to the camera and say, 'I'm tough but I'm tender.'" Predictably, there's a catch.Tinder found that messages using emojis or animated GIFs are 30 percent more likely to get a response.Conversations that include either of those graphical elements go on twice as long.Subjects that don't go over so well may surprise you.Talking about family is 44 percent less likely to lead to a conversation, and specific date ideas are 46 percent less likely.Ok Cupid found profile pictures that involve doing something interesting (but leave a little to the imagination, OK?) resulted in a 40 percent chance that a message would lead to a conversation. Ok Cupid crunched data from more than 7,000 member photos and found that women's profile pictures were more popular when they smiled flirtatiously at the camera."My God, at least unbuckle the seat belt," she said. Apparently, one study found that they can make you come across as narcissistic and self-objectifying.Oh, and everyone agrees: Bathroom mirror selfies are the worst. That's what I learned after talking with dating services for tips about what works and, more important, doesn't work when you're trying to attract a date. Data shows that profile pictures like these -- extremes that forget the point is to present an attractive self-- ultimately don't work.And being good at online dating isn't just about the hookup culture, it's about potentially finding your life (or next) partner.