Profile suggestions for online dating
If you’re pictured with a pile of washing behind you on the bed, your lifestyle suddenly doesn’t look so appealing.
If possible, include things in the photo that will help you tell a story about who you are.
Show the viewer what your life looks like offline wherever possible.
Choose an appropriate username and headline You should ideally choose a username which is “on brand” – that is, one that showcases your lifestyle or your interests.
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Men should avoid including “going out with friends” as a hobby (although women can safely include this), while women need to avoid the words “making a difference”, as it puts men off.
Choose the right dating site You’re reading this on Guardian Soulmates’ blog, so I’m guessing it’s safe for me to assume you’ve signed up to the right dating site to attract professionals!
Recent research suggests that the most attractive hobbies and keywords to include in your dating profile are travel, yoga, surfing, politics, photography, watching/playing sport, cooking and learning music.
Any hobbies which show that you are creative (photography, theatre etc.) and/or into personal growth (travel, yoga etc.) are real hits according to the research.
Using high-quality images, as opposed to ones which are poorly lit, blurry and/or pixelated, will immediately show people that you value yourself and are willing to invest in yourself.
It also gives the message that you’re serious about looking for love online. You are selling your lifestyle, and you want it to seem as attractive and aspirational to people as possible.