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" Webb found that the most successful profiles were purposefully casual, under 500 words, and just detailed enough—­specific, but not to the point of alienating someone ("like" HBO dramas, but don't zero in on ). Davis cites psychological studies that say the mind can easily grasp groups of three: "So stick to three ­interests, three words to describe your ideal match, or three favorite movies." Webb advises against mentioning your job, using foreign words, or referring to yourself in the third person.

"At that rate, you'll be dating online for years." To determine which profiles are worth your time, make a list (offline) of what you're looking for—one that is so specific you'd probably be embarrassed if anyone actually read it.

For her own search, Webb listed 72 qualities, ranging widely from "Likes cities, hates suburbs" to "Mac person PC person." Davis suggests eliminating qualities common to "any successful relationship, like 'honesty' and 'trustworthiness'....

At 30, after a breakup that involved spotting her boyfriend draped around ­another woman, digital strategist Amy Webb ­decided to try meeting men online.

And she did: On JDate, Match.com, and ­e Harmony, she met guys who were six inches shorter or 30 pounds heavier than advertised; who picked expensive restaurants and passed the check to her; and who told her, mid drink, that they were married.

At first, Webb thought that ­women who used opening lines such as "I'm a fun-loving girl that enjoys…" and "I'm a laid-back girl who wants…" were dumbing down.

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Surely you can crash on a friend’s couch a couple nights a year, right?

(Men do best when looking slightly off camera.) Webb and Davis advocate flashing a shoulder or a little cleavage—and both stress the importance of good lighting.And, according to Davis, when a man says "I hate drama," he means he has plenty ­already; "ready to move on" implies that he's not; the words 6.Make Contact Webb suggests keeping messages brief—98 words each, ideally—and individualized to each recipient: Ask yourself, What do I like about him?To that end, Webb shot all of her pictures at the fabled predusk "golden hour."4.Choose Your Targets"It's impossible to message or date one person at a time," Davis writes."If someone said to you 'I'm uncomplicated, generally in a happy mood, and I like to do stuff,' you'd want to hang out with him or her, right?