Accessing attractiveness in online dating profiles
Our chart shows how men have rated women, on a scale from 0 to 5.The curve is symmetric and surprisingly charitable: a woman is as likely to be considered extremely ugly as extremely beautiful, and the majority of women have been rated about “medium.” The chart normalized, even though it’s just the unfiltered opinions of our male users.This effect applies for same sex people appearing together, however when people of the opposite sex appear together, the effect applies only to males.So a male in the company of a more attractive female, will appear more attractive, but the same effect will not apply for a female appearing with a more attractive male.Therefore for females, the colour of clothing is important, and therefore wearing something red in an online dating profile picture may enhance their chances, by making males see them as more attractive. Have a sense of humour Last but certainly not least it is known that sense of humour is important in attraction, with most of use reporting that we like and are attracted to other people who have a good sense of humour.Good sense of humour can of course mean many things, but one way in which it can be defined is in terms of the distinction between humour production (making jokes) and humour appreciation (laughing at jokes made by others).
Furthermore, Grammer & Eibl-Eibesfeldt (1990) observed that when females and males are engaged in conversation, it is generally the amount of laughter produced by the female as opposed to the amount of laughter produced by the male that is more predictive of sexual interest.
Applied to online dating, males will be seen as more attractive by providing humorous and witty material and females more attractive by illustrating that they appreciate this.