It’s certainly true that in 2018, single life is more popular than ever. But what about those among us who are looking for love? Those of us looking for the Jay-z to our Beyoncé, or the Kim to our Kayne? Well, the answer might be a little unexpected if you’re used to finding a partner IRL, but dating apps seem to be the future.
Online dating has come a long way since its creation. Not so long ago, it used to be considered an “embarrassing” way to meet people. But the latest generation of 20-30-year-olds have grown up with the internet, and we’re more used to putting parts of our life online. The boom in dating apps has also helped to destigmatize the online dating world. In fact, some studies suggest that by 2031, over 50% of couples will have met online. But that doesn’t mean that dating apps aren’t intimidating for some of us. If your confused about what picture you should be using or unsure on profile etiquette, never fear, in this list, we’ll be giving you some top tips on how to craft the perfect profile. Whether you’re looking to start a profile for the very first time or you’re just looking for tips on how to spruce up your profile, here are some top dating profile tips, to that are sure to help you snag a date.
Presentation is Key
A key thing to remember when crafting an online profile is that you are presenting a version of yourself to the world. Make sure not to fall into any rookie mistakes when it comes to crafting your profile. For example, bad spelling is a common mistake on a lot of dating profiles. Not only does this make your profile seem sloppy, it also suggests you really haven’t put much thought into your presentation. Remember, you’re aiming to impress a match, and indicators that you simply didn’t care all that much are sure to be a turn-off to potential dates. A similar thought process should be used for photos. Your profile pics should always be well lit and nicely captured – no blurry club pictures allowed! Remember that your picture is the first thing a potential match will see so it doesn’t just need to be a good picture of you, it also needs to be nice quality. It may seem like a no-brainer, but a little bit of quality goes a long way. Don’t confusion presentation with formality though! Don’t be afraid to mix up your profile a little, whether it be with some emojis or jokes!
Use a range of pictures
We are all multifaceted people, and a profile should reflect that. Remember, a profile is how a match gets to know you, so you want to capture your whole personality. If you’re posting multiple pictures, you should be switching up your styles. Firstly when you have multiple pictures of yourself you’re not pinning the first impression of yourself onto just one photo, and having multiple pics allows you to experiment a little bit. Maybe one that shows your wild side and one that shows your hobbies, or a club picture paired with a picture of you and your nan. Don’t be afraid to mix and match a little! Try to capture as many sides of yourself as possible so that your match has a really good idea the full range of the person they’re chatting with.
Don’t be afraid to take advice!
If you’re reading this post then clearly you’ve already taken the first step, but it’s worth reinforcing that there is no shame in asking for a little help when it comes to crafting your perfect profile. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends for their opinions on your profile. Sometimes an outside perspective can really help you figure out whether or not a certain picture or phrase really captures who you are. You can also keep up to date with the trends of dating apps, as certain trends, like selfies or dog pictures tend to go in and out of favor – so try to keep up to date with what’s out of fashion. Luckily, there are plenty of sites that can keep you up to date with the latest trends. In fact, some apps like Badoo actually have dedicated pages to give you insight into the latest trends. What you do with that information is up to you, but it’s always good to have it.
Let them get to know you
Don’t be afraid to be your authentic self! Yes, everyone oversells themselves a little in their profiles but that shouldn’t stop you from being honest about who you are. If you’re looking for more than just a hookup then there’s no point in pretending to be someone you aren’t. Be upfront about who you are and pack your profile with details. The more details, the better! Likes, dislikes, hobbies, quotes… Try to give potential matches a snapshot of who exactly you are. A detailed profile also has the added benefit of giving matches a conversational “in'” – the more details you add, the more conversation starters they’ll have.
Be honest about what you want
When making decisions on matches you should be upfront with both a match and yourself about what it is you want. One benefit of dating apps is that, because they have so many users they widen your potential choices of partners, and your choices in general. Many of us can fall into the trap of settling simply because we think we won’t be able to find “the one”. It’s okay to admit that you aren’t quite vibing with a match, and move on. In the long run, it’s better to find someone that you truly connect with. Don’t be afraid to do a little bit of searching to find you’re the truly perfect match.
What did you think of these tips? Are you going to use any of these the next time you log onto a dating app? Let us know in the comments!