Writing the perfect internet dating profile
It's similar to how a good resume gets you noticed so you get an interview.
The following excerpt from "The Boomer's Guide to Online Dating" will help get you started on the right foot.
I spend lots of time in this column and over at A(n)nals of Online Dating documenting the worst of the worst internet daters. But there are also some really good ones — and some mediocre ones that could be so much better if not for rookie mistakes.
So, welcome to Internet Dating Bootcamp, where I'll teach you how to trick unsuspecting users into thinking you’re actually cool and normal. You need to be you in your online dating profile, but the process of creating one is a good time to think about what kindergarten teachers call “being your best self at school.” If you’re attracted to Type-A go-getter types who get up at 6am to exercise, emphasize your similar love of hard work. Want someone who shares your taste for obscure French films? No, not everyone wants to date a carbon copy of themselves, but most of us want to be with someone with some overlapping interests.
Learn how to avoid the mistakes made by 90 percent of searchers and create a profile that captures your strong points and stands out from the crowd.
The obvious points of picking photos are to make them (1) flattering, and (2) accurate.
One study of perceptions in cyberspace demonstrated that selective nicknames or handles influence the impressions others develop of the person using them. Or consider Happy Hiker, Nautical Gal, Outdoor Lover, Walking Woman, Line Dancer, History Buff, Birder Chick, Bridge Belle, or Hookedon Books.
You may have a fascinating profession to brag about, as did Paleo Gal, Art Lady, and Novelist53.
These photos create the most conversations because they break the ice.
Include your most sociable interests in your profile ..your solitary passions. For example, if you love film, mention the cinema, not the fact you recently lost an entire weekend to Netflix.
In 2015, Pew found that 15 percent of American adults -- and nearly a third of 18- to 24-year-olds -- had used an online dating site or app.