FORGET a good-looking face and a hot body.
When you’re searching for love the key to success is a confident posture — well, at least in the initial stage.
That’s the finding of a study of speed dates and profiles on an online dating app.
The study, carried out by a team of researchers from the University of California in Berkeley, found men and women who sat with their body more “expansively” got more requests for a date than those who didn’t.
It was particularly effective for men.
People who extended their torsos, pushed out their legs and spread their arms wide generated more interest than those who hunched themselves up, and crossed their arms and legs.
The reason, the research team from the University of California in Berkeley believe, is because an expansive body is considered to express dominance and openness.
“Mate-seekers rapidly flipped through photographs of potential sexual/date partners, selecting those they desired to meet for a date. Mate-seekers were significantly more likely to select partners displaying an expansive (vs. contractive) non-verbal posture,” the researchers concluded.
The study, aptly titled Dominant, open non-verbal displays are attractive at zero-acquaintance, could be a game changer for lonely hearts searching for love online.
“In a dating world in which success sometimes is determined by a split-second decision rendered after a brief interaction or exposure to a static photograph, single persons have very little time to make a good impression,” the research team says.
“Our research suggests that a non-verbal dominance display increases a person’s chances of being selected as a potential mate.”