If the Internet is good for anything—and, actually, it’s good for lots of things—it’s good for finding a needle in a haystack.
Whether you’re hankering after a pistol grip for that vintage Hasselblad single reflex camera, or want to learn all the lyrics to R. M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know it,” the World Wide Web has made tracking down and securing even the most obscure objects your heart desires a lot easier.
Bottom line: a dating profile—your first impression—is “sell copy,” and you’re the product being marketed.
“Let’s say you're five-foot-ten, but you decide you’ll seem hotter if you say you’re six-foot-one,” Robinson says.“It may be a superficial detail, but if/when your date notices you fudged the numbers, she’ll wonder what else you sugarcoated.I first created an OKCupid account in 2011, and for nearly five years, online dating and I had a tumultuous, on-and-off relationship.Then, in December of 2015, I decided I would take a break from online dating—and that unlike my previous "breaks," this one would last for more than a few weeks.Whether because we didn't have much in common or we weren't willing to put in much effort, my conversations rarely left the texting stage.
When they did, second dates were rare and thirds were almost unheard of.NEXT: "Cool" guys finish last [pagebreak] Vague adjectives signal “dull” and appear in far too many profiles, Robinson warns.“‘I’m a laid-back, easygoing guy…’ Such terms are practically meaningless.But people had relationships before dating apps existed and—surprise! It took a little while, but when I was putting less energy into scoping out prospects on dating apps, I had more time for parties, spontaneous encounters, and other ways to meet people.I ended up meeting my partner at a nightclub while on vacation in Ibiza with a girlfriend.“If you aren’t sure how your profile looks/reads, ask a friend to proof it,” she suggests.