Everyone knows it's creepy when guys use the :) smiley face flirtatiously.
We're not exactly sure why. It's probably the "I'm not threatening or scary, I promise" vibe. Either way, a text or email with a :) from someone you haven't been out with yet is sure to send you running.
It turns out we aren't in the minority. Actual, real life science (okay, a "study" from Zoosk.com) shows that men who use :) in their profile have a 6 percent decrease in incoming messages and 12 percent fewer responses to outgoing messages.
This doesn't mean all emoticons and emojis are off limits. If a guy can deftly deploy an eggplant emoji during a text conversation to comic effect, we will probably text him back. But the smug, trying-too-hard :) usually just comes across as smarmy and manipulative.
Some other Zoosk findings:
• Despite their complaints, dudes actually love selfies. Men don't fare as well when they post selfies, but women get 4 percent more incoming messages when they do.
• Get a dictionary. People with typos in their profiles get 13 percent fewer responses.
• It's smart to show proof that you don't have cankles. Users with full-body shots as their main photos receive 203 percent more messages and are 33 percent more likely to get a response to their outgoing messages.
• Posing with a cute dog does not negate your shitty personality. People who pose with animals get 53 percent fewer incoming messages and 12 percent fewer responses to their outgoing messages.
• Pretend you're smart, interesting and in shape. Mentioning jogging, running, lifting weights, yoga, painting, music, drawing, and reading all up your chances of getting messages from potential suitors.
• Don't use the word "angel," you looney tune. Male or female, you'll get 51 percent fewer responses.
• Have a kid — but only if you're a dude. Hot dads are in right now. Men who use the words son, daughter, teenager, children, kids, single dad or single mom get 7 percent more incoming messages. Women who do the same get 4 percent less. How's that for :( ?
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