Lavalife Poll: What’s the #1 Reason You Don’t Respond to Messages?
In April we introduced Lavalife Discussions, a fun, safe place for Lavalife members to interact with other Lavalife members! Once in a while, we like to browse through the discussion board to see if there are any questions we can help our valued members answer. We noticed that a few Lavalife members were interested in the topic of why they’re not receiving more responses to messages sent from their online dating profile; and well, to answer that question accurately we thought it would be a good idea to conduct an anonymous Lavalife poll! So in May 2015, we sent out a poll on the #1 reason people don’t respond to messages. This infographic displays our findings and the content below explains it.
6. Username—Their Username 12.99%
Your username is one of the first things that peaks a person’s interest in your online dating profile. Sure, it seems to have been weighted least important in our poll, but the fact that a few people still chose it says that it’s a deciding factor in whether or not you receive a response to a message sent from your online dating profile.
5. Profile Picture—Their Profile Picture is Unclear, Of Poor Quality or Looks Outdated 19.21%
Your profile picture is a huge weigh-in factor when it comes to online dating. Sure you’ve nailed the username and “About Me,” but if a profile viewer has to squint to make out your picture, then how are they supposed to tell if there’s a physical attraction?
4. Profile “About Me”—Their “About Me” Section Reflects Negative Character Traits 22.03%
Be funny, be quirky, be the best version of you! But don’t be offensive, arrogant or cocky. If someone goes to read your “About Me,” chances are you’ve already won them over with your message, username and profile picture. Don’t let your “About Me” be the major deal-breaker.
3. First Message—Their First Message Was a Turn Off! 22.60%
If your first message is arrogant, cocky or basic, you’re severely decreasing your chances of receiving a response. In fact, it’s the 3rd most popular reason why people won’t respond.
2. Location—the Person Lives Too Far Away! 43.50%
The moral of this poll answer? A lot of people want to connect with online daters who live nearby. But this shouldn’t discourage you from messaging someone who lives a great distance away from you; because who knows, they could be interested in pursuing a long distance relationship or even making a new pen pal. So if you do decide to reach out to someone regardless of the distance, don’t get yourself down—it’s not you, it’s the distance!
1. Physical Attraction—You Don’t Find the Person Attractive 51.41%
Everyone has a type! So this factor is generally something you can’t influence; unless of course it has something to do with your profile picture. In which case, the findings from our next survey on what kind of profile picture influences you to respond to a person’s message most, will definitely add to your chances of receiving a response. If you’d like to participate in this survey, click here if you’re a male and here if you’re a female.
Although our #1 response was physical attraction, your profile picture, “About Me,” location, first message and username, all still play a huge role in whether or not you receive a response to your online dating profile. That’s why we’re going to help you perfect each of these areas to ensure you always get the response you deserve! Over the months that follow, we’ll be conducting a few more polls and surveys to help you get the most out of your online dating profile!
If you’re a Lavalife member join in on this conversation on the Lavalife Discussion Board; if not, leave a note in the comment section below!