Everyone always said to not judge a book by its cover. But it doesn’t work that way in the world of online dating! We’re sharing the top five things to keep out of your online profile. After all, you’ve only got one first impression.
Forget being “Picture Perfect.”
Let’s face it, we’re all our own biggest fans. We’ve had years to get there. BUT, not everyone else has the chance to. You only have a few moments of someone’s time to make them want to talk with you.
Use your online profile to paint a picture that isn’t overly edited (there is no Instagram filter for life). Start with the photo…say goodbye to the badly cropped or edited picture and say hello to being realistic. Share a range of recent photos.
Remember…the main goal of the photo is to see if it’s someone you’d like to meet. You can’t decide if you’re going to fall in love just from a photo! That’s what the other four senses are for.
Save your shopping lists for the grocery store.
“I like travelling, listening to music, watching movies, and socializing with friends.” So…are you awake still? You’re bored already and probably almost closed the page.
No one gives two hoots about your likes and dislikes. Leave your shopping lists on your “notes” app and ditch them on your online profile. Online shopping may be great for finding the best deals, but it’s a terrible way to online date. If you have this picky mindset towards dating online, you might miss out on some potential suitors.
Use your profile to express your personality (after all, there’s only one you) and share the top 3-5 things that make you awesome.
Save the ice for your cocktails on your date out…as long as you get there!
Spoiler alert: the aim of your profile is to get other singles to talk to you. To do this, it’s essential that you come off as someone they’d want to talk to.
Stray away from cold, “icy” profiles with limited information or off-putting language that make you appear closed off or unfriendly. This is especially helpful for people who will connect with or message you…give them some information to talk about and make yourself easily approachable.
Politics don’t belong in three places…social media, family gatherings, and your online dating profile.
We’ve all got opinions (some stronger than others), but online dating profile isn’t the right place to air your grievances or share your frustrations. Avoid being “that guy” or “that girl” who goes a step too far and overshares.
Your online dating profile should steer clear of potentially negative stances…unless they’re about things like putting your political and religious beliefs in your profile. Then we’re on your side.
Don’t draaaag on.
Last but not least, keep things short, sweet, and to the point. Stray away from excessive use of emojis, exclamation marks, and slang words (you’re not a teenager anymore).
Keep things light-hearted and don’t give up too much information. It’s always good to keep a little mystery. The whole point of dating is to get to know the other person better. Save a little for the real-life conversations.