So you’ve taken the plunge and signed your single life away to an online dating site. In the virtual world, your dating profile is your shop front, and you want the lad or lass of your dreams to be lured inside by your unique metaphorical objets d’arts.With any luck they’ll leave praising your customer service, taking with them your phone number and the prospect of a real-life date.Introducing yourself as someone who ‘doesn’t really ‘do’ online dating’ or ‘hates this kind of thing’ won’t make you look like someone who is too cool to be online it will make you look like someone who has nothing inspiring or interesting to say about them-self. Yes, you may well be all of these things but who’s going to say otherwise? ‘I am looking for …’ or ‘you will be …’ (yes really) are no-no’s. Newsflash – You are online dating, as are the girls you are trying to date. If you’re funny be funny, if you’re adventurous, give us an example of being adventurous, ‘I love skydiving and last year I spent 3 weeks in New Zealand where I did the biggest bungee jump in the world’ tells me much more about you than an adjective. Passive aggressive and demanding and once again, tell me nothing about your personality except that you have limited social skills and will no doubt be a terrible date. But please, ensure that you’re of the same ballpark age, weight and have the roughly the same amount of teeth as in your picture.And, in ensuring your features are clearly visible, you’ll also eliminate the suspicion that, for example, you may be missing an eye or have a mole the size of a satsuma on your chin.Too long, and you could come across as self-obsessed or pseudo-psychotic.Of all the profiles I’ve seen the ones that make the best impression are long enough to prove the person has interests, passions, life experiences and something about their personality to pique my curiosity, but they’re not so long that I’ve dozed off and dribbled on my keyboard. Once you’ve carefully selected the choice titbits you’d like to use as bait for your prospective dates, you’ll also need to specify who it is you’re looking to meet, which usually involves setting certain parameters, such as age and height range.
You are not applying for a job at the MOD you are trying to meet somebody you intend to have a relationship with. Avoid bullet points or lunching straight into a list of ‘facts’ about yourself. dedicated,’ the list is endless and all a total waste of profile space. ‘Oh that’s nice dear, me too – we must be soul mates’. Almost as offensive as a person who’s too grateful is a person who spends their entire introductory paragraph listing the things they are looking for in a partner. Likewise reeling off a list of adjectives is totally pointless. ‘I spend much of my spare time travelling the globe and wine tasting in the South of France this summer was a particular highlight! So to conclude: a good profile is one which tells me something about you. In short, photographic honesty is always the best policy.Once you’ve carefully selected your photos, it’s time to knuckle down to the sales pitch.
But if you do happen to be of just such a monocular construction or host an unexpected dermatological decoration, it’s no problem whatsoever unless you actively hide it.