Rather, it’s that, 99 times out of 100, a guy who doesn’t write back to you is a guy who isn’t attracted to you. Because women – especially younger women – receive infinitely more emails than men.

But then again, there are enough quality women that I don’t see why you’d write to the same uninterested ones twice. I’d maybe try an IM, if you really want to give it a second shot.

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In his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdrini points out that “similarity literally draws people together”. You get bonus points, and a greater chance of a reply, if it’s something relatively uncommon.

You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather.

Instead of spending half your day deleting profiles of men you’d never consider, you could be talking to one or two decent guys at once.

Most women are not afflicted with this problem, but it is a real one, especially for the younger set. Oh, should you follow up with an email if you’ve been ignored? It wouldn’t cost much to try, but I don’t think the results will be that great.If she has 500 potential future spouses in the mix, why would she date a guy fifteen years older? What they DON’T do, and probably should is HIDE THEIR PROFILES.She could date a guy that’s just as successful and kind, but closer to her age. But as much as the young women complain about all of the awful guys who write to them, they generally refuse to stem the tide by removing themselves or going without a picture.Studies have suggested that anything between 35 and 50 per cent of all couples in the UK, now meet via the web.What’s more, a study by dating site e Harmony, estimated that seven in ten couples will have done so by 2040 – with 55 to 64-year-olds experiencing the biggest boom (an expected 30 per cent rise between 20).Reference their profile – “Hello from a fellow Man City fan,” is better than “Hello”, but not as good as, “Why I think we’ll lose on Saturday”. ” You’re more likely to get a reply if your first message is short – just three or four sentences. Plus, they’re boring to answer, as they appear to require a lengthy reply. Don’t take this to extremes, however, and end up sending, “Hi how r u? One of the mysteries of human evolution is how we can identify mail-shot emails within seconds of reading them. But it’s just an efficient way of putting 50 women off.