Okay, guys. If you have an online dating profile, I have some advice for you.
Since I can only write this from my own perspective, not all of my advice may apply to you. But I’ll try to keep most of it universally applicable.
Do ask someone to proofread your profile.
Do not mix up “you’re” and “your” or spell “intelligent” wrong.
Do include pictures of you smiling. Everybody likes a smile.
Do not include close up photos of your mustache. A surprisingly large number of you do this, and it’s actually really hard to tell you apart. Plus, I’m pretty sure mustaches were meant to be viewed in their entirety and not as individual hairs (ew).
Do let your personality come through on your profile, whether you’re goofy, serious, shy, etc.
Do not write generic phrases that could end up on every other person’s profile. Saying that you “work hard to play hard” doesn’t mean much without the context of the actual work or play. Also, what?
Do include pictures of you with your pets, kids, guitars, drums, siblings, rollerblades, friends, etc.
Do not include pictures of you with dead animals.
Do send messages to people you’re interested in meeting. Include a question or reference to their profile to let them know you aren’t spamming everyone on the Internet with, “Let’s talk. Meet me at Perkins.”
Do not berate the person you’re interested in meeting if they don’t write you back right away (or at all). Yelling/writing, “YOU’RE LOSS!” is not a successful way to get dates. (Also, see above.)
Do write about the things you like about yourself. Are you really good at making people feel comfortable (or uncomfortable)? Are you a rockin’ math tutor? Do you always win Jenga? Put it in your profile.
Do not refer to yourself as the most attractive, hilarious, well-groomed, smart, fit and humble person you know.
Do include your actual height.
Do not include someone else’s taller height. Your date will figure it out within the first half-second of meeting you.
Do include some information about the kind of person you’d like to meet. If it’s important that your partner enjoy running two-hour marathons with you, it’s worth a mention.
Do not paint yourself into a corner by being too specific about your ideal partner. You might be surprised to find out who clicks with you, and if you require too many traits, you’ll alienate some people you might really like.
In closing, do feel free to ignore any and all of this. (Except the mustache thing.)