Dating isn't easy and love isn't a science, but the judicious application of statistics to your dating life may make the difference between a Saturday night alone and a fun night out.
I also looked for statistics and studies that offered advice about compatibility, how people approach various dating situations, what expectations I should have, and so on.
With the help of popular dating site OKCupid's blog, Psychology Today, and a few other helpful sources, I was able to learn quite a bit about navigating the dating world.
This post is an in-depth look at how that information helped me and may be able to help you, too.
While there are many positive things you can take away from a scientific look at love, it's important that you remember that people are unique and easily defined by statistics.
If a statistic suggests a person who loves zucchini will also hate every cat owner she meets (note: this is not true at all), you don't want to spend your life running away every time a date has a photo of a kitty in his or her wallet.
Statistics and studies can be fascinating, illuminating, and helpful, but it's easy to take them too far.Use the information in this post to help you figure out new and better approaches to dating while avoiding judgments and assumptions on and about the people you meet.You may love zucchini, but that doesn't make every cat lover evil. When you're dating online, most interactions begin in the same way: a message.This can be a little daunting because you want to say the right thing, avoid saying too much or too little, and do whatever you can to get a reply.OKCupid did a little analysis of which first messages receive the most replies and what they have in common.First, write well and avoid netspeak like "ur" and "wat." Second, avoid missing apostrophes and simple misspellings. They tend to receive lower reply rates, and those low reply rates plummet as the compliments become more extreme.