When it comes to online dating sites and sex apps, the hardest part is putting together a profile. From picking the photos to writing a witty bio, it takes time and energy to make sure it reflects who you really are – and that’s before you’ve even started swiping.
But what makes a ‘good’ profile? Is there such a thing? We know that these are the most swiped right jobs on dating apps, and that including this doubles your chances of getting a match, but according to new research there are some things that ruin our chances of finding love/lust/someone to share a takeaway with.
A survey by Carphone Warehouse asked 1,000 people about their dating app habits and found that 8 in 10 people swiped left if there was an emoji in someone’s bio, and 87% weren’t interested if the pictures featured the dog tongue or flower crown filters.
However, the research also found that there are some pretty clear turn offs when it comes to dating profiles. The biggest no-nos include:
Biggest Dating App Turn Offs
- Mirror selfies
- Hiding your face
- Making dirty jokes
- Mentioning sexual prowess
- Pouting and gym selfies
- An obvious photo filter
- Using lots of emojis
- Photo with someone attractive of the same sex
But it also found that these things are most likely to get you matches:
Biggest Dating App Turn Ons
- Photos with pets
- Show off tattoos
- Smile in your photo
- Travel photos
- Make a joke
- Link to social media
- Keep the bio short
- Specify your height
- Full-length photo
- Be sarcastic
It also reveals the secret to a good bio is being self-deprecating, and that if you’re struggling to think of what to say in your initial message dating expert James Preece suggests doing one of these four things:
- Ask a question about their profile to show you’ve read it.
- Ask about something interesting in their photos.
- Remember that the most beautiful word of all is their name; use that to make a deep connection.
- It’s fine to be a bit cheeky and show your sense of humour – but don’t be rude!
So there you have it.