There is no doubt about it; online dating is a key component of modern romance. With 15 million singles in the UK registered for online dating and with a huge variety of sites to choose from, it’s no surprise that it’s virtual heaven for romantic singles everywhere.
However, whilst it’s a great way to connect with new people, it also leaves plenty of room for error when creating the perfect online dating profile.
From bad grammar to dating clichés – here are 14 epic online dating profile fails you should avoid.
1. Relying on your picture to do all the work for you
Because if you can’t commit half an hour of your life to pull together a witty profile what does that say about your commitment to finding a relationship?
2. Spelling and grammar
‘Your’ is the second person possessive adjective and is always followed by a noun.
‘You’re’ is the contraction of ‘you are’ and is often followed by the present participle.
That is all.
3. Smiley faces
Because you’re a 43-year-old adult : – )))
Sure, it’s annoying that most girls like tall guys, but, a 7 inch height exaggeration? Come on, guys.
And, ladies, let’s take it easy on the Facetune, okay?
‘Snuggling in front of the fire’, ‘sunset strolls along the beach’ or the dreaded ‘glass of red wine and a movie’.
Just stop it immediately.
6. Being needy
‘I’m looking for someone to love and to share my life with. I like to go out and enjoy myself but I don’t have anyone to do it with!! It’s not a lot of fun going out for a meal on your own – I want to meet the right person!!’
7. Exclamation marks
There is such a thing as too many.
Under no circumstances, ever.
And especially not hashtagged.
9. Slagging off online dating
Or saying ‘ you don’t normally do this sort of thing’ not only makes you look like a person who needs to grow a pair and embrace the position they are in, but is indirectly insulting the other people who are online dating, i.e. the people you are trying to date.
10. Writing an essay
You went to boarding school in Sussex, have two half brothers who live in Singapore and once did a pastry course but quit halfway through because you realised you were gluten intolerant.
This is categorically not information we need to know in an introduction dating profile. Save it for the actual dates.
Sun or snow?
Wine or beer?
Early bird or night owl? …
Don’t be that person.
12. Being creepy
‘I want to bury my face in your hair and feel the smooth curve of your back as we breathe together.’
13. Using the phrase ‘ you will be … ’
Or spending your entire profile listing what you are looking for in a partner.
This is an online dating site not dial-a-bride.
Never had a real girlfriend? Irritable bowl syndrome? Fired from your last job because you tried to steal the photocopier?
A time and a place my friend, a time and a place.
By Katy Norwood for Metro: http://goo.gl/AWI5mf