Avoid these dating app "don'ts" if you want to meet your match!
The dating game is not an easy one to play, but according to data sent to Narcity from Hinge, 95% of the app's Canadian users are ready to dive back into in-person dating this summer. So, if you're wondering how to make a good dating profile for when you step back into the jungle, we've got a whole list of things you should avoid.
The team over at Hinge shared some key things you shouldn't do when it comes to your online dating profile. As you may know, Hinge users provide both photos and answer prompts, so anyone who lands on their profile can get to know them better.
As it turns out, there is a lot of room for error, and there are some things that people are doing that aren't being well received. Below, you'll find five things not to do when it comes to your photos and five things to avoid when writing your prompts.
Ditch The Guessing Game
According to Hinge, you want to pick photos that make it easy to see what you look like. "Ditch the sunglasses, filters, or group shots where it's impossible to figure out which one is you," the company shared. The internet moves fast and no one wants to play detective. Show the people what they came to see!
Cap It At One Group Photo
Apparently, a very common mistake is selecting too many group photos. "One group photo can be great to demonstrate that you have close bonds with your friends or family, but it can be challenging to figure out who you are amongst the crowd." You want to show you're actually cool and have some friends, but not make it unclear which person you are. Set your group photo maximum to one per profile.
No Gym Photos Allowed
While you may be super proud of your progress at the gym or are looking to show off that you enjoy fitness, it might not be the best idea. According to Hinge, "only 3% of successful Hinge daters say their profiles include these, so keep them for your gym buddies only."
The Mirror Selfie Is A No-Go
Similarly, Hinge says it's a bad idea to include photos where you're flexing in front of a mirror at your gym. Actually, they say to avoid all mirror selfies, including bathroom selfies, in case you were wondering.
No Smokers Allowed
If you happen to be a smoker, you don't what any evidence of it on your Hinge profile. According the the dating app, their research shows that this is a major turn off for app users. So, even if it's part of your life, it shouldn't be part of your profile.
Away With The Cliché
Now, onto the don'ts of prompt answers. First and foremost, don't include any cliché or predictable answers to your prompts. If you've been on any dating app, you know there are tons of repeat offenders out there. "The key to an interesting profile is to think of unique, personal responses. This will help you stand out from the crowd," says Hinge. We know it's not easy, but you can bring in some friends for a team brainstorm if all else fails.
Being too serious isn't the best approach. "Making your profile all one flavor is a common mistake we've seen time and time again. If it's overly serious and sappy, people will assume you have no sense of humor," the app's experts told us. Show you can be funny while also communicating what you're looking for in a relationship and who you really are.
Don't Be A Class Clown
While you do want to show that you have a sense of humour, you don't want to make your profile exclusively jokes and sarcasm. "For at least one of the prompt responses, be genuine. If you're all about composting and fighting climate change, say so."
Don't Be Too Basic
While we're talking about avoiding clichés, you also want to avoid talking about cliché interests. Hinge put forth the example of saying how much you love The Office. Now that's not very original, is it? Instead, they say to "start telling us about your secret hobby as an herbal tea connoisseur."
Take Your Time
Last, but absolutely not least, Hinge says you better slow your roll. "People often fill out their profiles quickly because they want to get to their matches as soon as possible. But that's a mistake. Your profile is your chance to make a great first impression and put your best foot forward." Keep in mind, this is a virtual version of meeting eyes across the room with someone and going up to talk to them. How you present yourself and the first words you say will totally change how things move forward.