There’s a collection of interesting statistics collected from the Okcupid online dating site. They’ve tracked the response rate to messages containing certain words or combinations of words. To sum up the results, using correct English grammar and spelling as well as unusual words to set a message apart from others really help. Complementing a woman on her looks doesn’t. I actually met my girlfriend online, and she says that most people said something about her breasts. I asked her about her favorite place to get coffee. Guess I won on that one. If you must know, though, she’s fond of Dewy’s, while I prefer Phoenix.
Anyway, the other stat that was emphasized by Sean “The Guy Who Wrote My GR Textbook” Carroll, is that mentioning atheism improved response rate more than Christianity. Mentioning god without a proper name reduced the response rate from the average. So add that to your list of reasons why atheism is a good way to start conversations.