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5 Words to Never Use in Your Online Dating Profile

By Andrea McGinty December 10, 2020 Dating

Returning to the dating scene is overwhelming, especially now that it’s gone digital. The work that goes into picking a platform, choosing flattering photos, and filling out the never-ending questions can be discouraging.

Need some motivation? There are over 100 million singles in America, and when 33 Thousand Dates recently surveyed 742 of them, 72% said they have returned to the dating scene after pulling back due to the pandemic.

So how do you craft a successful online dating profile?

While you likely know what you do want to convey about your personality, interests, and values, you should also consider what you do not want your responses to share about you.

There are certain words, phrases, and abbreviations to avoid so that your first impression is a positive one. Below are five to keep in mind.

Emotionally Available

This is insulting and obvious. Every woman wants a partner who fulfills their basic emotional needs. The term ‘emotionally available’ also implies that you think most men are not in touch with their emotions and don’t have feelings. Don’t scare prospects off before they have the chance to know the true you.

I Love to Travel

Dating profile clichés are all too common and apply to most everyone. You should reflect your individuality. If you want to express your love for travel, write about your favorite destination and share details on the activities you did and the food you ate.

And instead of saying that you like to read or watch movies, share your favorite books and authors or films and directors, and request recommendations.

Hate

In another recent study from 33 Thousand Dates that surveyed 1,419 singles, men said that their biggest turn off on a first date is negativity. Don’t let negative comments cloud who you really are!

Your personality will shine by focusing on what makes you happy, especially during these tough times. And don’t dismiss online dating by saying you dislike it – you’re there for a reason, and just remember: one in four couples married in 2019 met online!

LOL

Or any other abbreviations or slang terms for that matter! While it’s fine to incorporate these once you start messaging, you want to show potential suitors you’re mature and intelligent right off the bat. Think about the language you’d use in a cover letter – if a word doesn’t belong there, it doesn’t suit your dating profile either!

MAGA

Stay away from hyper political statements – no matter what your political stance is! – or half of the people who come across your profile will immediately swipe left (or the platform equivalent).

Political conversations are important, and you might not share the same views – but if you’re given the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, you might agree to disagree!

While you should never use the above, you also shouldn’t leave any areas blank (and always include at least five photos!). If you’re struggling with what to include, think about what you would want to see from someone – their authentic self!

Consider these quick tips as well: use the site or app’s filters so you’re shown people who align with your preferences, and most importantly, feel empowered to own your dating journey – yes, that means swiping right and messaging first!

Have you tried online dating apps? What is your experience with setting up your profile? Have you encountered any cliches or phrases that struck you as odd to include on a profile? Please share your observations with the community!

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The Author

Andrea McGinty is America’s Premier Dating Expert, featured on Oprah, Forbes, WSJ, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and many others! She is the founder of 33000Dates.com and ItsJustLunch.com with over 25 years’ experience.

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