As we start our Easter breaks, and I find myself surrounding by chocolate of all different shapes and hues. I thought rather than you using luck or a mathematical equation to predict what kind of a love life you’ll have, here are some tips for getting noticed in the world of online dating.
Your online dating profile – can feel like a somewhat tricky task, but it doesn’t have to be.
It is however, important to get it right. There are hundreds of people in just the same position as you, so making sure you’re the one that logs in to a full inbox is all down to what you include (and don’t include) in your profile.
Don’t: Be shy. Be confident and go for it. If you’re unsure, ask a friend or colleague that you trust to tell you what they think your best traits are. Don’t be afraid to show off a bit, just be careful not to cross the line into the arrogant arena.
Be honest about what you want It’s vital to be clear about what you’re looking for in a potential partner, whether that be the kind of relationship you’re after (casual or serious) or the personality traits you find attractive in others. It won’t be seen as being picky or judgemental – everyone has a “type” to some degree.
Don’t: Tell fibs. There’s no use filling your profile with claims of how much you love to cook when in reality your solitary signature dish is something from the microwave. Highlight the things you really like, rather than what you think sounds impressive. Also, be honest when it comes to filling out your statistics. Of course, dating isn’t all about looks, but no potential relationship will get off to a good start if you turn up to a date weighing 24lbs more than you claimed.
Don’t: Be too brief. A profile consisting of one sentence along the lines of “Looking to meet someone nice, message me if you want to know more” is just lazy. If everyone wrote a profile like that, imagine how boring it would be.
Though do avoid an essay. While one-liners are ineffective, the same can also be said for excruciatingly long essays. You want to retain the interest of whoever is checking you out, so while it’s important to include interesting information about yourself, there’s no need to write an autobiography.
Photos! Sun hats and sunglasses in every photo are a no-no, as are too many arty pictures that don’t actually show what you look like. It’s a clever idea to have a couple that are clear, head-on portraits, along with a few that will portray your personality and the things you enjoy. A good photo can be a great conversation starter. Nude ones are optional.
And everyone enjoys travelling and eating out, so include things in your profile that’ll make you memorable and help you stand out from the crowd. Weird random facts about yourself or silly jokes might seem embarrassing, but actually it’s tiny things like these that will set you apart from the rest.