OKCupid just did a study on how online dating can work better for women. And basically, it all comes down to one thing: Make the first move.
Men send the first message three-and-a-half times more often than women . . . but it rarely goes well.
When a woman reaches out to a guy, 30% of the time it leads to a conversation. When a guy reaches out first, it only goes somewhere 12% of the time.
And, women wind up dating more attractive guys if they make the first move. If they initiate things, they’ll wind up talking with guys who are an average of 6.6% more attractive than them.
If they just wait for men to send them messages, they’ll end up in conversations with guys who are 5.1% less attractive than them.
The study also found women WANT to split the bill on the first date. Only 17% say they want a guy to pick up the entire bill. But clearly there’s a disconnect somewhere, because 62% of men say they always pay the entire bill on a first date.