Even people as young as teenagers are swiping left and right in order to find their perfect someone. To help you put your best foot forward into the online dating pool, we recommend reading these tips from our own Lauren editors. On most dating sites (or apps) these days, you only have space for a few sentences or possibly a paragraph to tell your potential suitors what you’re all about.
You want to make sure that you get across what’s important to you, and show some personality, too.
It’s great to know what you want, but when you filter too much, you lose out on all the people who have never surfed but live nearby and share your interest in a different hobby.
On top of that, scientists working with found the type of person people said they were interested in didn’t match up with the people they actually wanted.
The sites you choose matter a lot: Tinder’s evolution from hookup app to dating site has rendered it a jumbled mess, while OKCupid profiles (assuming they’re filled out properly) are detailed enough to allow users to weed out what I jokingly refer to as “hotties with deal-breaker qualities” even before an initial introduction.
I learned a lot through this process, so it’s only right that I share this knowledge.
You can narrow it down to someone who lives less than 10 miles away, is 5-foot-5-inches tall, and loves to surf.
Include a joke or a cheeky pun, if that’s up your alley.
You also want to give the viewer something to start a conversation about, so make sure that your profile says something that they can engage with.
Incidentally, it’s the preferred method of meeting potential partners in 2017.
For better or worse, there’s less stigma attached to online dating and more and more people view it as a legitimate way to meet people, Pew Research reports.
Pro tip: Avoid recycling your social media profile picture to preserve some anonymity!