The Ok Cupid study also found that first messages with "haha" and "lol" had above-average reply rates, 45 percent and 41 percent, respectively.Don't message for too long before meeting up in person, researchers say, or you'll risk being disappointed when you do. Keep your messages short, and also make sure that the amount of time you talk online before meeting in person is somewhat brief.If you're tempted to lie, ask yourself how obvious you think your lie would be if you met someone in person.
A University of California, Berkeley study found that reading someone's profile can help you evaluate their personality (and conversely, the words in your profile speak greatly about who you are).
The researchers examined profiles of more than 1,000 users and also had users fill out a questionnaire about themselves.
Anything shorter than 17 days, and feelings of uncertainty might do Granted, the study didn't take into account other reasons those relationships might have ended poorly.
While the results are indicative of a larger trend, how long you talk online isn't the only predictor of how successful your relationship might be.
There's actually a decent body of evidence out there about what works in online dating, coming from both independent academic researchers and internet dating companies themselves.
This is their advice: Researchers have studied word choice both in people's profiles and in their messages — and found some tantalizing results.
The majority of online daters fib about something small in their profile, like their height or weight.
(Shutterstock) There's a calculated risk in lying online.
That time frame is "the sweet spot," says the study's co-author Art Ramirez, who researches online communication at University of South Florida.
"The longer you wait to meet someone, the more chance you have to form an idealized perceptions of them," says Erin Sumner, who co-authored the paper and studies online communication at Trinity University.
A 2011 German study analyzed more than 150,000 first messages and found that online daters who used words focusing more on the other person (as simple as "you" over "I") were more likely to receive a response than those who didn't.