“I love to travel” – the most common phrase you’ll spot on an online dating website, followed closely by “I’m laid back” and of course “love to have a good time”,
There’s no greater turn off than scrolling 101 online dating profiles only to be faced with endless phrases quoting generic likes and dislikes – none of which feature anything particularly ‘stand out’ to warrant a face-to-face date.
Your profile is essentially a dating CV – you’re selling your personality – and you need to show you’re worth it, say the experts at relationships website eHarmony.
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Here are 9 classic clichés to avoid – online and in real life.
“I love to travel.”
“I’m laid back, easy-going, and love to have a good time.”
“I’m equally as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as I am in a cocktail dress and heels.”
“I love going out, but I’m just as happy staying in.”
“I work hard and play hard.”
“I’m shy at first, until you get to know me.”
“I’m terrible at talking about myself.”
“I’m looking for someone who knows what he/she wants.”
“I’m looking for a partner in crime.”
How to write the perfect profile
1. Don’t waffle
Keep your page straight and to the point – but also with some light-hearted humour thrown in.
If you’re talking about your interests, be specific. Don’t just say you love to read. Tell us about the last great book you read and why it made you think.
Remember, leaving some questions unanswered is a great way to open up conversation in real-life.
2. Avoid clichés
If you really want to stand out and bag a date, you’re going to have to dig a little deeper, and get creative.
Turn words into pictures and replace those clichés with your ambitions, and witty anecdotes from your life.
3. Update your profile regularly
Thousands of people are joining online dating sites every week, so keep your profile fresh and renew your page every so often.
Likewise, a new picture every few weeks can make all the difference.
4. Say cheese
Your profile picture speaks a thousand words, so make sure it’s not a group one.
Look at the camera – don’t hide behind sunglasses, eye contact is engaging and attractive, as is a big smile to draw people in.
5. Check your spelling
The best of us can make mistakes, so be careful and make sure you proofread your page before hitting ‘submit’.
One quick way to do this is to write your profile in a Word doc and use spell check to make sure no errors slip through. When you’re done, you can copy and paste your perfectly proofed profile.
Put your skills to the test
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