What to Avoid in Your Dating Profile

When it comes to creating a dating profile, it's important to be aware of what not to include. Writing criteria for who shouldn't swipe left or send you a message is a real Debbie Downer move. Sarcasm about being on “The Apps” is also not the best way to go. Instead, focus on making sure your photographs are up to date (within the past year, ideally within the past six months), clear (not taken with a bad camera), and clearly show your face and body. Additionally, if you're looking for a dating site for people with herpes, make sure to include that in your profile so that you can find the right match for you.

Be proud of who you are, and if you're not, do what you can to change it and accept the things you can't. When it comes to pictures, avoid including images of dead animals, guns, hunting, or fishing. These images won't give off the best impression and may even eliminate people who don't share your hobbies. If the person you're interested in doesn't have a bio, has linked social media accounts, and has only posted one image, it could be a fake account.

Be careful if you decide to connect with someone you have so little information about. Leaving the profile prompts blank or using generic, cliché answers shows a lack of effort and a boring lifestyle. Guys will assume that you are lazy, unable to be vulnerable, that you lack personality and substance or that you try too hard to be cute. It's also important to be in control of your own transportation to and from the date so that you can leave whenever you want and don't have to rely on your appointment in case you start to feel uncomfortable.

Asking someone what they're looking for is a perfectly normal and expected question, but it's often asked too soon, abruptly on dating apps and in person on a first date. Just because a guy swipes his finger to the right on a dating app doesn't mean he likes you, wants to talk to you or even go on a date with you.

Ethel Kosowski
Ethel Kosowski

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