Tinder Bios That’ll Get Her to Swipe Right
When singles are looking for a little help with their dating life, they don’t call the Ghostbusters. Instead, they call the ghostwriter — Meredith Golden, aka “The Tinder Whisperer.” Golden gets paid to swipe through thousands of profiles and land her clients that illustrious first date, and she claims she’s seen practically every dating profile in New York (and always remembers the bad ones). “Oh, I know everyone, I’m not exaggerating,” she says.
Sure, great pics are crucial to help a dating profile stand out, but a good bio can make the difference between a swipe “uh-huh” and a swipe “nuh-uh.” The thing is, being clever and witty isn’t always that simple. If you take a few swipes, you’ll see bios that are too wordy, show no personality, or are just completely blank.
Golden recalls one profile she saw that included the man’s entire life story about marrying (and later divorcing) his high school sweetheart. Save some stuff for the date, Golden advises, and try to avoid being too specific or picky.
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According to Golden, you should use your bio to project that you’re a positive and fun person to be around. “The goal is to attract people to you,” she says. “You have to have something that people can engage with.”
The best bio is one you come up with yourself, but unfortunately, that’s much easier said than done. Golden says if you need some motivation, it helps to remember why you’re writing the bio in the first place.
“The point of a good bio is just like a hook to give people something to talk about to easily advance the conversation,” she explains. “The easy and fun banter is usually the one that converts to a date. There’s nothing worse than when a conversation feels like pulling teeth, these are the quickest conversations to yield a delete.”
So if you’re totally stumped on how to start your bio or just need help with a zinger line, Golden suggests using one of these suggestions to match up with your own personality. At the very least, it should give your bio a bit of a jump start before you flesh out the real thing.
Love to travel once in a while? Well, don’t even bother mentioning that in your bio, Golden says. “Mentioning that you like to travel is on par with noting that you can just as easily wear jeans as you can a tux or that you treat the CEO the same as you treat the janitor,” notes Golden.
However, if you really are a globetrotter who’s crossed off 45 countries (and counting), bring it up in a smooth way:
“Only one page left in my passport. Suggestions for how to fill it?”
If you’re someone who loves to dance and knows how to have a good time, show just how fun you are. Sure, you can put a favorite lyric that sums up your feelings, or you can write something like this:
“As much as I love me a good Snuggie, I’d rather be at a party.”
If you’re Mr. Smarty Pants, list what you’re into – don’t just say you’re intelligent. What’s your favorite podcast? The last book you read? Do you speak five languages? Mention something that provokes a conversation in your bio. Here’s an example from Golden:
“I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in four seconds. Nope, not bragging or anything.”
While every single one of your photos doesn’t need to be a shirtless gym selfie, Golden explains that it’s still a good idea to elaborate on your passion for fitness in the bio. Here are a couple of options for the fitness buffs out there:
“I drink the SoulCycle Kool-Aid, and I’m not afraid to say it.”
“Currently training for my first Ironman, pray for me please.”
If you make art you’re proud of, go ahead and post it as a photo in your profile (as long as it’s not the first). “It’s a great conversation starter,” Golden says. Here’s a witty example if you’re a painter:
“Yup, that’s my latest oil painting. Only accepting compliments.”
If you’re stumped trying to come up with something unique about yourself, give yourself a break. Instead, pick your favorite show or movie and write a detail that’s sure to catch someone’s eye. If you mention something controversial, chances are you’ll spark some type of conversation.
“Missed my calling as a TV critic. ‘Breaking Bad,’ hands down, WORST series ever!”
Refuse to miss a game of your favorite team? Show off how much you love sports. Golden, who’s based in New York, gave a fun example for the die-hard fans of the black, orange, and blue out there.
“I’m just waiting for the Knicks to pass me the ball.”
Just “loving food” doesn’t cut it. If you’re as much of a foodie as you say you are, prove it. Get specific in your bio about the best tacos in your city or where to have a stellar Manhattan. Golden provided two examples that you can tweak accordingly:
“[Insert restaurant] has the best burger IMHO.”
“Happily making my way through the Michelin Guide.”
Have an adventurous side? Considering being the star of the follow-up to “Free Solo”? Well, having an adventurous side is one of the qualities some women look for in a man. Golden provided a couple of bio ideas below:
“Kitesurfing, scuba diving, bungee jumping, swimming with sharks, skydiving: check!. What’s next?”
“Goal in life: be on the show ‘Naked and Afraid.’”
If you and your best bud are inseparable, it’s totally OK to show that you’re a proud pet parent. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
“My fur child qualifies for doggy-Mensa.”
“My snort-y pug Max will fight you for shotgun.”
This is your chance to sell yourself, so make sure you do it honestly, accurately, and with a little flair. And don’t forget to swipe like you mean it.
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