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Apparently,. People are returning to the office today with time to kill and an urge to get laid. On this day last year, Match. Com experienced a 99 percent increase in people signing up compared to their daily average. So how can you make that online dating profile count? Well, according to a study that online dating site Zoosk. Com conducted of 9,555 users, there are a few ways to make your profile stand out. Turns out, it's all about full-body shots and proper punctuation.

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Not surprisingly, full-body pictures boost both sexes' incoming messages by a whopping 758 percent. For men, that profile picture should be taken outdoors, which increases likelihood they'll receive messages by 69 percent. On the other hand, women get 65 percent more attention when their photo is taken indoors.

Whether you're a man or a woman, taking a picture with a pet lowers your popularity by 58 percent, while posing with friends lowers it by 97 percent. An interesting double standard: selfies get men 8 percent fewer messages and women 9 percent more.

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According to The Daily Mail, when a woman takes a selfie it's fine because it's considered the norm for them to do that – and get away with it. Apparently, when men take selfies, they're perceived as vain or narcissistic. The way you message matters as well.

While use of the: -) emoticon leads to a 68 percent boost in messages,: ) reduces replies by 66 percent.

A forward attitude is good if you're a woman: those who mention words like dinner, lunch, or drinks in their first message are 78 percent more likely to get a reply. But men who do so are 85 percent less likely to get a reply.

And always, always, use proper grammar and punctuation — text speak and illiteracy make both sexes 68 percent less successful. So Zoosk's study reveals some information we pretty much knew already. Full-body shots are good, and double standards still exist between genders. With all this discouraging news, maybe we can find another way to kill time this January 7.

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