Suppose you’re introduced to someone you might be interested in dating. This person, you’re told, is smart, romantic, has a good sense of humor, and enjoys sex.
Wait, what? Going a little fast there, aren’t we?
Yet, that’s pretty much what you’ll see on the average online dating profile, isn’t it? A bunch of profiles that look exactly like each other (honestly, who doesn’t think he’s smart with a good sense of humor?) and a few that are, shall we say, just plain weird. Online dating sites can be a great way to meet a potential mate when the traditional methods (work, school, dancing) aren’t doing it, but how you write your profile makes a big difference in the kind of response you’ll get!
First off: if you’re looking for a long-term relationship, be honest! People altering their photos for online dating sites (or posting photos that were accurate two decades ago) is a running joke, but seriously, what’s the point? Your deception will be revealed the first time you meet face to face, and that’s the end of that! Similarly, don’t brag about making millions when you really pull down only $20k per year; not only will you look stupid when the truth comes out, but you may attract the kind of people who’s only interested in someone who makes millions!
Be unique, but don’t share too much. It’s fine to say that you like stuffed animals, but you probably don’t need to go into detail about every romantic birthday gift you’ve given your girlfriends for the last decade! In fact, don’t talk about your past romances at all; this profile is supposed to be about you! However, if you have kids, you should mention that, just don’t dwell on it. Tell people what it is that makes you special, why they should choose you over the millions of other people listed on this and similar dating sites.
Be honest, be yourself, and pretty soon..you might just be part of a couple!