Lying when you are online could mean awkward moments later on when you have to fess up to the truth. “Dishonesty in profiling is damaging to the online dating goal,” the authors write.

“The profile should have a balance between comprehensive honesty and positive self-presentation because its validity will be put to test in future face-to-face interactions.” MORE READING: The United States of online dating profiles Everything you ever wanted to know about love, in 25 maps and charts PSA: Dating apps can give you viruses, too.

These are all way more eye-catching and curiosity-inducing than your average username. I will ask a photographer friend to take some profile pictures.

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DON’T: ONLY POST SELFIES Okay, this one is pretty intuitive, but look good in your primary photo. Including group photos makes you look more desirable, the study notes.

Here’s how, per the researchers: crack a genuine smile (the kind that crinkles up your eyes a bit); tilt your head slightly; and, for women, wear red because that “enhances men’s attraction leading to significantly more contacts.” But don’t only post selfies, because, what else are you doing with your life besides taking pictures of your face? Women find a man more attractive when other women are smiling at him.

Before we get to the findings, some caveats: these are generalities. And maybe these tips will land you more first dates, but it’s unclear whether these are the kinds of first dates you want.

DO: BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT YOUR USERNAME People gloss over this one too often, and maybe it’s because we’re in a time when people tend to use their real names, or variations thereof, in many of their online interactions. Remember back to when picking your AIM username was a serious task?

Pick group photos in which you’re in the center of the shot, the study notes, because it “creates a sense of importance.” “This can be further enhanced in group photos where you are shown touching another person (confining this to the upper arm to be socially acceptable),” the authors write.

“This is because a toucher is perceived to be of higher status than the one touched.” Status, cool, got it.

Here are initial thoughts on the usernames you came up with.

And while those micro-decisions seem unimportant, they add up and do matter, because you’re only as good as the profile you craft.

They combed through nearly 4,000 studies, settling on analyzing 86, with literature ranging from psychology, sociology, and computer, behavioral and precognitive sciences, to figure out the most effective approaches to digital dating.