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What not to say in your online dating profile

When it comes to writing your online dating profile, you don’t have to spend long to get it just right. Start with your basic details and a picture — they are a must, obviously.

What might not be so obvious though, is the stuff you SHOULDN’T include. Here at angelicmatch.com, we’ve got some top tips on what you can do to showcase your fabulous self without revealing your entire life story.

Never lie about who you are

When you’re behind a screen, it can be very tempting to make things up, particularly if you feel that it will help attract more matches. The truth is, accepting who you are, just the way you are, will help more than anything when it comes to finding your ideal match. Feel proud of your hobbies and interests and convey them accurately in your online dating profile.

Remember, you ultimately want to meet your ideal partner, so it’s only fair they meet who they are expecting to meet.

Don’t come across as too picky in your profile

We've all had times where we felt we couldn't live up to someone’s expectations and describing your ideal date so rigidly can do exactly that. Saying you want a non-smoker with a good sense of humour is fine, but mentioning that you’d also like them to love animals, look like a catwalk model, earn millions and be passionate about sci-fi is a little too far.

Avoid clichés in your profile

Like long walks on the beach and candlelit suppers? Either try to put this in a more original way, or leave it out altogether.

The most overused phrase in dating profiles is a variation of “I’m equally happy going out with friends or staying in with a DVD and a bottle of wine”. Whilst these things might be true, you’ll be surprised at just how many other people say the same thing.

Take our advice: clichés are one of the most bland, boring things you can include in your online dating profile, so leave them out wherever possible. Instead try using ‘buzz’ words that stand out, like mentioning a country you’ve visited recently or a book you’ve read. If you like food mention a particular cuisine, if you have an interesting job describe it and don’t be afraid to use a thesaurus to avoid unimaginative words.

Beware of extreme opinions

Do you have an unexplained hatred of men in skinny jeans, or are you put off by girls who listen to heavy metal? We all have our pet hates but making any extreme statements in the online dating community is going to spell disaster for your profile, and will repel potential partners pretty quickly. Leave these out and you’ll leave dates with a much more rounded picture of who you are.

Too many details are off-putting

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, good online dating advice will tell you to cut the fluff out — but be honest about the fundamentals like your age, sexuality and whether you have children. Don’t feel you have to share your entire life story instantly — talking about your last breakup or your relationship with your family are personal and can wait until you’re serious about someone.

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