“Mastering the Art of Spring Cleaning Your Dating Profile: A Guide”
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Spring cleaning your wardrobe? Don’t forget your dating profile too.
You probably set yours up months, if not years ago, when you were in a hurry and unsure of which awkward question prompts to answer.
But just like getting rid of those skinny jobs from the back of your wardrobe, it’s time to take a look back at your profile and make some edits.
Maybe your dating goals have changed, maybe you’ve got new photos to update, or perhaps you’ve now got wittier answers for your bio.
Logan Ury, director of relationship science at Hinge, says there are some quick steps to giving your profile the once over.
Ready to line up some spring dates? Here’s what to do.
Logan says: ‘Think about your profile as your opening line in a conversation – something your match can respond to or ask a follow-up question about.’
How easy is your profile to respond to? If people keep opening with ‘hey’ and not much else, maybe you can make it easier.
Tap into your quirks
Are you a part-time comic? Do you enjoy painting? Show it.
Logan says: ‘Successful profiles include a mixture of both humour and vulnerability, so lean into both your silly side and your more serious one.’
Speak your truth
If there’s a variety of formats on your dating app, such as voice notes and videos, make use of them.
Research shows that 64% of daters feel a potential match’s voice is an important factor in determining if they like them, and almost half of users have become more attracted to someone after hearing their voice.
Set your intentions
Logan says: ‘To get more messages from people who want a relationship, and fewer from people who aren’t looking for anything serious, update your Hinge profile and be upfront about your expectations.
‘This small step can help you avoid the stress of situationships and attract the relationship you want.’
You’re better than the clichés
Stand out from the crowd and show the real you.
Logan suggests: ‘Stop talking about your love for The Office, and start telling us about your secret hobby as a herbal tea connoisseur.’
Show your social side
Logan advises: ‘Incorporate one picture where you’re with friends or family.
‘Hinge users say this helps them know you’re someone with a healthy social life.’
Remember your pictures are a place to show some variety.
Skip the small talk
Logan says your bio shouldn’t be short with ‘one-word answers’ – you need to make sure people can see more about who you are.
Be authentic, and don’t worry about ‘performing’ to attract a certain type of person.
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