Your mother always told you so and you never really believed it too much, but the fact is that first impressions really count.
And this couldn’t be more true when it comes to contacting someone online.
Online dating gives you a bit of an advantage in that you can strategically plan that first message so it hits home with a bit of a punch.
Unlike an everyday face to face meeting where the words just tumble from your mouth in no apparent order.
So why is it that so many guys and girls (yes girls too) fail miserably in avoiding the move from the Inbox to the trash can?
Extensive research into online dating statistics show that there are some set rules that we all need to follow.
Mails that contain these words will get practically no replies proving that intelligence (or maybe just good grammar) is an attractive trait in both sexes.
Surprisingly, though, come across as run of the mill and perhaps a bit boring.
So while you should avoid using netspeak too much, using slang or an unusual greeting is considered a great move.
You could always spruce it up a bit and go with a foreign greeting, but make sure you know what it means otherwise you could come off looking like a bit of a Del boy.
Theirs might be the most beautiful smile in the world, but pointing that fact out in a first message will most likely be a turn off.