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It seems the suggestion of heroics could also fuel a romance. A study conducted by researchers at Liverpool and Stirling Universities recruited women and 64 men, asking one group to assess images of the opposite sex with digitally added facial scars while another group viewed blemish-free mug shots. The upshot was that women rated slight scarring in a man's face marginally more attractive when considering a short-term fling — men viewed scarring in women with indifference.
The researchers say that scarring may be read by women as a sign of masculinity, courage and strength. But whether or not you are looking for Indiana Jones, good health is a key quality and once again there may be subtle, chemical cues. In researchers at St Andrews University asked 54 people to digitally tweak the hue of a selection of male and female Caucasian faces to make them look "healthy", finding that a light yellow tint and pink flush is perceived to be indicative of the hale and hearty.
Follow-up collaborative studies supported the view that yellow colouring is deemed more attractive across cultures, and suggested that an increase in the intake of carotenoid pigments, such as those found in fruit and veg, may increase this yellow tint, although other influences can't be ruled out.
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But, hot or not, your date has only just begun and it's time to make that opening gambit. One such indicator appears to be the use of function words such as personal pronouns, articles and conjunctions. Ireland and her colleagues studied how such words are used by heterosexual men and women by examining 40 speed dates, using special computer programs to analyse the speakers' language. The study found that speed dating couples were more likely to mutually wish to see each other again if their language style matched better.
So if your date is speaking in a detached fashion, using "the", "it" and "that" often but you are throwing in plenty of "I" and "we", then chances are there is no point swapping numbers.
And while talking a lot may point to a good date, Ireland says their study showed it wasn't the strongest factor. According to Ireland it isn't an easy effect to fake — not only is it difficult to consciously pick up on function words but it is also tricky to deliberately manipulate them. Speed-dating also threw up some interesting observations for researchers at Stanford University who studied more than heterosexual dates to work out what makes people click.
The men varied their volume and laughed more; while women changed both their loudness and pitch. And while women preferred men who spoke loudly, sympathised with them and interrupted them, both men and women preferred it when the woman made herself the focus of the conversation.
But perhaps it is best to avoid grilling your date. And bad news chaps — if you're looking for a lady it could be tough.
Women were found to report clicking less frequently than men. It's a crucial moment that could fan the flames or snuff out the spark. Most of our members work in the City of London and we cross-reference the personal details that prospective members give us with social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, so we know they are who they say they are.
The signs are that niche dating is the future. For the simple reason that flirting is fun. We are hardwired to feel flattered and the anonymity makes it easier to generate a sense of intimacy that may be wholly at odds with reality.K-POP Idols Strict Dating Rules They Have To Follow
But that can lead to dissonant expectations; women regard online chit-chat as wooing and revel in the heady feeling of being pursued. A lot of men online are narcissists who suck the life force from women and use them. Stories of more comical mismatches are also legion; the sexy blonde who turns out to be a man not even a man dressed as a womanthe silver fox who is nearer 80 than 50, the misfit who sounded nicely quirky online, but arrives carrying too many plastic bags and refuses to make eye contact.
It was insane; we ended up eating ice lollies on a park bench. Checking out other people via a webcam is also becoming more widespread and GPS technology can alert you to suitable mates nearby. There is, it appears, no end to how the search for love, sex or just an internet dalliance can be outsourced.
At Pen My Profile, a team of writers will write profiles for those too busy or tongue-tied to do it themselves. I had whittled down the field to the cleverest, best-read correspondent. It never occurred to me that he might slit my throat and toss my body into a dumpster.
He was tall and rangy with very fetching dark stubble and lived in East Anglia with Mrs Piers and little Piers and said I should call him Dominic. I insisted he continue calling me Madame Bovary, the online identity I had chosen for myself.
Had I met him at a networking event, I would have happily flirted outrageously with him until closing time.
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Afterwards, I emailed to say I could tell there was a complete mutual absence of chemistry. He disagreed just enough to boost my ego Ping! Those treacherous fairy lights went on again.