Online dating is a total minefield. What with writing the perfect bio, choosing a winning pic, and crafting that all important first line, navigating the digital dating game is tricky. And now we have something else to contend with.
According to a new study from EHarmony, the books on our bedside table could be affecting our success with potential partners. The dating site analysed what books generated most interest with users, and the results are pretty enlightening.
Firstly, they found that listening reading as a hobby on your dating profile is likely to make your profile more appealing. In fact, men who listed reading as an interest received 19% more messages than those who didn’t. Rather depressingly, when it comes to women, it’s only 3%.
What’s more interesting is the particular literary choices that garner the most attention. Men’s favourite book for a women to have read was The Hunger Games. They found that women who listed Suzanne Collins’ novel on their profile saw a 44% increase in messages. This was followed by Game of Thrones (30 percent more messages), To Kill A Mockingbird (21 percent) and Pride & Prejudice (18 percent).
Women apparently like men who have read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo most with EHarmony finding that this psychological thriller caused a 36% increase in messages. George Orwell's 1984 (21 percent) and books about World War II (16 percent) also ranked highly.
However, it’s best not mentioning if you're a Twilight or 50 Shades Of Grey fan, they found that these novels are most likely to put people off from messaging.
While these stats may be illuminating, we all know that you’re best sticking to reading what you actually like. No one wants to end up dating an avid Hunger Games fan because they lied on their profile…