Dating apps are so widespread now and have become an everyday part of modern-day dating. Bumping into someone in the street by some romantic twist of fate or falling in love over the last slice of cake in a cafe are notions of times gone by.
In this digital age, it’s your dating app profile that serves a prospective partner their first impression of you. It’s how a huge proportion of people now meet and find love. With that in mind, your dating profile is pretty important to get right.
These days, we swipe through potentially hundreds of people when we log into a dating app. So, when putting together your profile, how can you ensure that you stand out? No one wants to be just another face mindlessly swiping past. You want to stop someone in their tracks and leave them desperate to know more about you.
Is it enough to simply upload your best selfie and write a witty one-liner in your bio, or do you need to do more?
Here are 6 easy ways that you can up your game when it comes to your dating profile, to put you in the best stead for finding the perfect partner.
1. Be specific
When writing your bio, detail is key. This part of your dating profile showcases your winning personality and paints a clearer picture of yourself than your gallery ever could. Being specific about who you are and what you are all about gives you a much better chance of attracting like-minded people, filtering out those that you perhaps don’t have much in common with.
For example, instead of writing that you have a love for traveling, try mentioning a few of your favorite places that you’ve visited and why you loved them. Maybe you want to mention that you are a vegan. Why not talk about why you became a vegan and why this is something that you are passionate about?
2. Mention your achievements
Who isn’t attracted to success? There’s certainly a fine line to tread between coming across as boasting and simply shouting about your successes, but don’t be shy to sell yourself a little bit. Perhaps you are lucky enough to own your own home. Be proud of that!
In fact, CIA Landlord Insurance recently found that men who mentioned that they owned their own home and/or included photos of their home on their dating profile were 57% more likely to get a match on Tinder than men who don’t. Female property owners also receive 7% more matches than women who don’t own their own homes.
So, whether you show off your house, the car you saved for years to purchase, or the fact that you have excelled in your dream career, do it in a way that shows that you are driven, passionate, and proud of where you’ve come in life so far. You are sure to find someone who will want to be a part of that.
3. Stay positive
It can perhaps be easy to mention the things you don’t like on your dating profile. Perhaps there’s nothing you find more boring than football, or reality television. Maybe you passionately dislike a certain political party. That’s okay, but maybe don’t include it on your dating profile bio. It’s better to focus on the things you do like!
In fact, just avoid negative language altogether. It might give someone generally negative vibes about you and your profile, which is the last thing you want. You know what they say – you attract what you are. Focus on that good energy and put your best foot forward.
4. Include action photos
When we say action photos, this doesn’t have to mean photos of you skydiving, hiking up mountains, or throwing yourself around the rugby pitch – unless that’s your vibe! In which case, go ahead. Your action photos could simply be natural photos of you in your element, doing the things you love to do in your day-to-day life. It could be something as normal as hugging your dog or enjoying a glass of wine in a pub garden.
Of course, a few of your best-posed selfies are also totally fine to upload. Show whatever images make you feel confident.
But also make sure that you include authentic photos that reflect your lifestyle too, as this is an important part of coming across as genuine and relatable, and finding that person who can fit into your world.
5. Include your social media handles
Whilst your dating bio is important, it can only tell a person so much about you. Yes, you could sit and write paragraphs upon paragraphs and max out that character limit, but you don’t want prospective partners to feel like they are reading an essay when they stumble across your profile. Include your social media handles and let them do the discovering themselves.
This allows a potential match to go and learn more about you. Again, painting that detailed idea of what you are all about weeds out those that may not be the best match for you, and instead puts you in touch with those who share your interests.
It can also be a good way for someone to see if you have any friends in common – a great ice-breaker when beginning those conversations.
We live in an age of pouting and smizing (smiling with your eyes, for all those unfamiliar with the term). However, nothing makes a person warm to you quite like a big, genuine smile. Sure, include those more sultry pictures too, by all means, but start with a smile.
There’s nothing unattractive about positivity – and what is more positive than a happy face? In fact, a recent study proved that 96% of people prefer seeing a big, happy smile in a profile photo over a sexy pout. As humans, we are highly tuned into the emotions of other people. Seeing smiling faces makes us feel good so it’s likely that a potential match will feel drawn towards your big smile during that dating app swiping session and pause to find out more.