Atheists get more dates online

God may love you, but the rest of the world isn’t so keen. According to US dating website OKCupid, atheists have a better chance of a positive response to their postings  than their more devout compatriots.

The company analyzed how certain key words affected the chances of a positive response to over 500,000 first contacts. It found that there were a number of clear turn-offs.

Around 42 percent of messages containing the word ‘atheist’ received replies, compared to an average of 32 percent. The words ‘Christian’, ‘Jewish’ and ‘Muslim’ has a very slight positive effect, but using the word ‘God’ brought the rate down to just 30 percent.

There’s plenty of other advice for the lovelorn in the report. Using netspeak or making spelling mistakes are a big no-no, with ‘ur’ slashing the success rate to just six percent. Apparently, though, ‘lol’ is fine.

Guys shouldn’t pay compliments, with ‘sexy’ the worst offender. Instead, they should grovel a bit: ‘sorry’ got a response in 38 percent of cases.

And using an unusual greeting helps, for some reason, with ‘how’s it going?’ twice as likely to get a response as the more usual ‘hello’.

There is one exception to the religion rule, says the company: those few people that mentioned Zeus had a hit rate of 56 percent. “So if you can’t bring yourself to deny the deity, consider opening yourself up to a whole wacky bunch of them,” the company suggests, adding: “Besides, if there really was a god, wouldn’t first messages always get a reply?”