Online Dating Tips: 5 Profile Mistakes to Avoid

There are a few items you should think twice about before posting

Online Dating Profile Tips

By Alyssa Fleischer,

Being true to yourself is important when you begin online dating. But there are a few items you should think twice before posting on your dating profile. Whether you are an online dating newbie or a cyber dating expert, here are five things to avoid putting on your profile.

1. Pictures … but sans you.

Many say that pets resemble their owners. While it may be true in some cases, you should not let people see that in your profile pictures. In other words, your photos should be of you, and only you. Sounds obvious, but there are plenty of scenic shots that are better saved for your Facebook timeline. If your picture is of your brand new car basking in the glow of a beautiful sunset — and you’re nowhere to be seen — we’ve got a bit of a problem.

2. Pet peeves. 

We’re only human and there will always be things that get under our skin, but that doesn’t mean you should divulge all 92 of your annoyances on your profile. Whoever’s reading will most likely roll their eyes and hit ‘next’ faster than you can type, “ I hate it when…”

3. Habits.

And while you shouldn’t vent about things you can’t stand, the same rules apply for the habits you do have. Quirks are what separate us from others (which is a good thing!) but over sharing your obsessive compulsive routines, like your constant need to clean or anxious nail biting is a discovery your partner can learn later.

4. Alter egos.

Giving yourself an alter ego can be an exciting way to add diversity in your life. Sometimes it lends a hand to those searching for self-motivation. Just look at Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce, who gives the singer courage to perform on stage and separates her from her normally shy personality. But having a double life may confuse someone on the Internet — it’s best to just keep it simple and be yourself.

5. Extreme animal obsessions.

It’s wonderful to own a pet. There’s something about the responsibility of caring for an animal and the companionship that it gives that makes many owners happy. No matter what type of animal you enjoy taking care of, don’t be afraid to express that. But if your entire profile revolves around your pet, maybe you should rethink you digital details.



About the Author
This post was written by Alyssa Fleischer of eFlirt Expert is an online dating consultancy. Through profile writing, email messaging, date coaching and online dating management, they help singles navigate the intersection of relationships and technology. Follow them on Twitter and find them on Facebook for on-going advice.


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