Online dating can be hard. It sometimes feels like there's a secret code no one told you about. A new study from eHarmony has decoded a piece of it. The answer: Read books.
It turns out men who list reading as an interest on the dating site receive 19 percent more messages than men who don't. For women, it's just a three percent bump, but a bump nonetheless.
Unsurprisingly, the books you list have an impact on how many inquiries you receive. Men who list The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as a favorite get 36 percent more messages. That's followed by 1984 (21%) and The Da Vinci Code (5%). For women, they see the biggest increase in messages from listing The Hunger Games (44%), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (31%), A Song of Ice and Fire (30%), To Kill a Mockingbird (21%), and Pride & Prejudice (18%).
The weirdest thing that works is saying you read books by billionaire Richard Branson. Men who list the Virgin Group founder get a 74 percent increase in communication.