A recently published study from researchers at the University of Iowa looked at how specific kinds of content in online dating profiles changed people's perceptions of the profile's owner.
They found that trying too hard to impress someone was one common downfall.
But just because you're open to finding love online doesn't mean it's easy.
In fact, it can be terrifying to wade through thousands of nearby matches in the hopes of finding someone decent (who thinks you're decent, too).
Research suggests that we're more attracted to people in expansive — as opposed to contracted — postures, even if we don't consciously realize it.
) And the reasons people engage in selective self-enhancement when creating their online dating profiles is clear: They want to highlight their best qualities for any potential suitor.
But the study suggests that, when it comes to online dating, this approach may backfire.
The researchers found that people with high selective self-presentation were seen as bragging about their looks and their accomplishments -- and were in turn seen as less socially attractive and less trustworthy.
Whatever you do, avoid choosing a profile photo where you're crossing your arms or hunched over.
Tinder's in-house sociologist, Jess Carbino, told Business Insider that one of the biggest mistakes Tinder users make is obscuring their face in their profile photo.
I watched her swipe left to reject a professional football team's worth of New York-area hipsters, jocks and nerds.