How To Write An Online Dating Profile?
There is huge value in taking time to be on your own, to actually learn to love your own company and to spend time in reflection.
It’s really important to know what makes you different so that you can stand out. Once you know what makes you unique you can then weave that through your online dating profile. You want potential dates to choose YOU rather than someone else, after all.
Having online dated for longer than I can remember it would be honest to say I have seen my fair share of online dating profiles. Despite recognizing that a good profile picture is of paramount importance when online dating, I also believe that a well-written profile is of equal importance. A photo says yes, I like your face. A well-written profile? I also like your mind.
There are a number of school-boy errors that people make when writing a profile. Bad grammar and spelling, too long, too short, too boring or too pretentious to name but a few. Selling yourself in a paragraph is undoubtedly a difficult thing to do but there are basic rules a person can follow if they want to stand out from the crowd and ensure a response from their fellow daters.
Put One Of Your Best Photo In Profile
The subject of the perfect profile picture is so intriguing that even scientists have worked on decoding what we want to see when looking for an online match.
Through lots of research, smart people found out something that I’ve known for a long, long time – a basic selfie isn’t going to cut it.
The aim of the profile pic is to tell a potential match who you are and what you do. A photo showing you mountain climbing will obviously attract people who are interested in the same. Pictures in social settings show the world that you have friends and you’re not always stuck in front of the computer.
Another thing that researchers have found out is that the best dating profile pictures feature genuine smiles. Anything that is staged or forced will appear fake and it can turn people away from potentially contacting you.
Write Short Bio
This one may come as a shock but brief and focused online dating profiles perform much better than being overly verbose.
Some people feel compelled to share their entire history, philosophy, and views on dating with the world. You know what this approach accomplishes? It makes you boring! Research suggests we now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish. Nobody has the time or the patience to go through your entire biography when looking for an online match.
Keep it short and catchy. Humor is good but doesn’t be crass or insensitive. Tell the world the best things you want people to know about you. Once you get to meet someone in person, you’ll have a chance to present yourself in a deeper and more meaningful manner.
If You Want Something Specific, Say It!
Why are you doing online dating? Are you looking for a hookup? Are you looking for a life partner and the mother of your children? Unless you make your intentions clear right from the start, you’re going to end up seriously disappointed.
We often don’t share exactly what we want due to fear of rejections. If you don’t tell the world what you really need from a romantic match, however, you’ll end up wasting your own time and the time of another person who’s looking for something different.
Obviously, a long and tedious checklist of requirements for the perfect match will result in zero communication attempts. Still, a short section of your profile may outline your dating interests and the type of person you’d like to meet. Most people will appreciate the honesty.
Show Who You Are, Don’t Tell It!
There’s nothing less appealing than bragging. Instead of telling potential matches how great you are, try to share this information in an indirect way.
Don’t describe yourself as a great, loyal friend that everybody relies on. Instead, you may want to include a brief profile anecdote of something that you’ve done for a person you love. People who come across your profile will reach the right conclusion on their own.
Photos and videos can also share aspects of your life you’d like to announce without appearing overly braggy and egocentric.
A good online dating profile takes time to produce. It requires thought, effort and a bit of creativity. Don’t be afraid to do something crazy, if you feel that it’s in line with your character. After all, you’re not looking for mass appeal. The primary aim of you being on an online dating website is to attract someone who’s similar-minded and who’ll appreciate all of your quirks and eccentricities.
Invest in humor
A little humor goes a long way with online dating profiles. So add a little joke, a pun or a witty remark, and watch as suitors or suitresses flood your feed. It doesn’t even have to be a super funny, well-thought-out, giving Jim Carrey a run for his money type of joke. Even a lame dad joke could do the trick.
Fill in All the Fields
One mistake a lot of people make is not taking advantage of the tools the app provides. For instance, if the dating site you're on allows you to have seven photos, then provide seven photos. If the app provides the option to verify your photos, then take advantage of it.
The key is that you make use of every tool they provide. In fact, data has shown that the more you put into your online dating profile, the more responses you will receive.
Provide Plenty of Examples
Try to make your profile interesting by giving examples when talking about things you enjoy. For instance, instead of saying that you enjoy reading, tell readers your favorite book. Or, if you like hiking, tell them your favorite trail.
The more you go into detail, the more likely a person might get excited and think "they're perfect for me." On the other hand, if your profile is surface-level and generic, it's easy to get lost in the pile and be dismissed. You can even provide details of the type of person you are looking for or the types of dating experiences you might enjoy.
Create Opportunities to Connect
One of the best things you can do with your dating profile is to provide ways for people to start a conversation with you if you want to find your compatible Partner.
For instance, once you are matched with someone, they are going to view your profile and, if interested, try to think of something to say when they reach out. Consequently, you want to be sure your profile provides enough information that they could ask you a question about something in it.
Or, if you want, include a conversation starter. Apps such as Hinge provide prompts for you to fill out with details of yourself, many with the implication of starting a conversation. "Change my mind about...", "Two truths and a lie", and "What I want to know about you" are all fun ways for you to put some information out there that makes it easy for people to reach out and break the ice.
When it comes to online dating, it can be tempting to stretch the truth a bit in order to present yourself in the best possible light. But, the majority of people prefer honesty over perfection while talking to people online or making friends online.
So, make a concerted effort to be as open and honest as you can. After all, you are just setting yourself up for unneeded stress and disappointment if you try to come off as someone you're not.