Their numbers suggest that very short emails get around 25% replies and very long emails get around 35% replies.
This approach first and foremost keeps your “weird” factor low.
Super long emails have a tendency to cause some people to think “stalker”.
If your joke isn't funny to that person, it's either a) not funny at all, or b) not funny to him/her. In the middle of this city you're walking around in, surrounded by thousands and millions of people walking, you fear you might be the only one who likes walking?
You might as well find out right away if your senses of humor* line up.*Bonus advice: Please don't just write "I have a good sense of humor" and expect everyone to believe you. It's good to express enthusiasm for shared interests, but don't make them up, and don't be weird about it.
All that said, let me talk a little bit about statistics.
I’m not a big fan of making decisions solely based off of statistics.Ok has some interesting statistics on online dating emails, specifically some numbers on who gets responses to their first email.Creating good first emails is something I’ve discussed in my online dating guide and also in some posts.My advice has always been keep your first contact brief and Ok Cupid agrees with this…but for some very different reasons.My main reasoning behind shorter first emails is that your profile should be your selling point, not your first email.Writing an interesting question or two can't guarantee a response, but NOTHING CAN. Don't waste your time and don't waste anyone else's — you have to put in a little work this way, but just do it.