Dating length statistics

Apparently, after about 360 words (1800 characters), you start scaring people off.

If we imagine that people type messages at about 200 characters per minute, we get the following table: Of course, we shouldn’t forget that there’s a certain amount of overhead involved with contacting someone (scanning her profile for common interests, thinking of jokes to make, taking a deep breath, clicking around, and so on).

If we include 5 minutes of forethought, we find that the actual ideal first message length is 200 characters, or 1 minute’s worth of typing for the average writer. Something we learned building Spark Notes, in our pre-Ok Cupid days.

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