It might appear to be a tiresome or boring formality, but an online dating profile is important. It sets the tone for how potential romantic matches see you and perceive you. By the way, there is no right or wrong profile pic for Internet Dating.
If you are a woman and your profile picture is in a skimpy bikini, you are going to be perceived as possibly flirtatious and sexy and probably get a corresponding response. If you are a woman wearing a business suit, sitting behind a desk, you are going to be perceived as serious and corporate, perhaps a bit more formal. If you are a guy and you are not wearing a shirt, you are giving out a certain message. If you are a man in front of a private jet, you are also giving out a certain message!
If you want to do the bikini thing, go for it. That may well be the image you want to put out there, and that is fine. Young people do totally different profile pics to older people. We would suggest though that you put a profile pic on your online dating site profile that you are proud of, that shows the real you, and that you have given some thought to so that you are never going to regret it. Remember the idea here is to meet in person in real life.
Put up a few profile pics
We think it’s a good idea to put up a few photos on any online dating site. Choose a pic that you are really comfortable with, for your main profile pic. Remember, the dating site will also reject any pics that they deem inappropriate and some dating websites require it to be a fairly close up pic. We think it is best to put up pics that are real, reflect the person you are, and don’t give out the wrong message.
Make quite sure that your dating pics look like you, unless you have no intention of ever meeting anyone. People prefer honesty, and while it is okay to put up a photoshopped pic or one with a filter, be as real as you can. It’s better to put up a pic that does not show you looking magnificent, meaning that when you meet up in real life, your prospective partner will be blown away by your looks!
Be specific in your profile
Again, be honest. Also, be fairly detailed. The more detail you give, the more likely your matches are to work out. Keep it casual, keep it real, talk about your hobbies, your likes and your dislikes, and while we don’t think you should go overboard with info, you should put a fair amount of detail. Enough for the person viewing you profile to determine that you have a few things in common, like being a dog lover for instance.
Do not be daunted by the task of filling in your online dating profile. The first time is a little tricky as the dating sites ask for a lot of info so that their matching algorithm can better match you to potential partners. Once you have done it once, you’ve done it. And remember, you can always amend and edit too.
Good luck. And remember, if you don’t try, nothing can happen, so nothing will happen. True love is indeed being found on dating sites because you can put 1,000 words behind that photo. Maybe it’s your turn?