Friday, August 18, 2017

Make The Most Of Your Online Dating Profile:

Creating an online dating profile can be scary. After all, it’s not always easy to big yourself up without sounding conceited or (even worse) desperate.
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Get a friend to help you write your profile. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.

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Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that. Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.

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‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains relationship expert Kate Taylor. ‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’

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Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.

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Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. Your profile is essentially your dating CV. You wouldn’t want a future date to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?

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Lying doesn’t get you anywhere in the dating world. Honesty is the best policy!

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Talk in specifics to give a full flavour of who you are. If you love travelling, say where your favourite place is and why. Anything concrete like this brings you alive to anyone reading.

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Keep your profile up to date. Make the effort to renew your profile on a regular basis with relevant information about yourself.

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Many people find poor grammar and spelling a turn off, and the best of us can make mistakes, so be careful on this point. Put your profile into Word and use your computer spell check for peace of mind.

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In a recent poll, we found that 96 per cent of people would rather see a big, happy grin in a profile photo than a sexy pout.

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If they are more than a year old, don’t use them. One of the most frequent complaints about online dating profiles is “they may have looked like that once but they certainly don’t look like that now”. Looking better in the flesh is better than the reverse.

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‘You wouldn’t introduce yourself to someone in a bar with your entire life history, so don’t do it online,’ says Kate Taylor. ‘Women have a tendency to write too much because we enjoy reading long profiles. Men are not like us! Imagine you are doing an icebreaker introduction where you have to sum yourself up briefly.’

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Most people want to find someone who can make them laugh, so show people you have a sense of humour. If you can make someone laugh, it’s a great icebreaker and could get your conversation off to a great start.

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Don’t choose a picture where you are not the main focal point.

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Latest research found that people in summery photographs were seen as more attractive than in their winter pics,’ says Kate. ‘Go back through your Facebook holiday album and find some recent summertime photos.’

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