The researchers note that people are either ignored or pursued based on a quick look-over of a profile, so while a good photo matters, a good written description can really push the interest into action.

For example, from the study: “genuine, attractive, outgoing, professional female, good sense of humor, into keeping fit, socializing, music and travel, seeks like-minded, good-natured guy to share quality times.” Feel free to copy and paste that, if it fits the bill.

Also, the study notes that men prefer women who are fit through activities such as yoga and going to the gym, and women prefer bravery and risk-taking to kindness and altruism.

Biggest offenders include those where the author’s lack of imagination or energy just scream out “I can’t be bothered”, or “I’m lame” which of course, all reveal clues about character, intelligence, or confidence.

If a person be bothered to think of a few interesting words strung together to represent themselves, imagine how stimulating they would be on a date!

It also can work to attract someone who has similar interests with one quick zap.

We perused hundreds of dating site profiles and headlines for red flags or dullsville, so you don’t have to. There are more cringe-worthy headlines than we thought possible.

They published their findings this week in the journal Evidence Based Medicine.

Before we get to the findings, some caveats: these are generalities. And maybe these tips will land you more first dates, but it’s unclear whether these are the kinds of first dates you want.

The dating profile headline is a one-time lightning-quick opportunity to show a little flair, and highlight something about your personality or a special interest.

The tagline can showcase your wit, a love of poetry, sense of humor, a romantic or philosophical nature, etc.

Here’s how, per the researchers: crack a genuine smile (the kind that crinkles up your eyes a bit); tilt your head slightly; and, for women, wear red because that “enhances men’s attraction leading to significantly more contacts.” But don’t only post selfies, because, what else are you doing with your life besides taking pictures of your face? Women find a man more attractive when other women are smiling at him.