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Online Dating Tips

Last September I clicked on my current boyfriend’s profile for the first time. He had sent me a short emotigram about our shared alma mater, and before I responded, I scrolled through his profile. His picture was a little odd, as his goofy facial expression made me wonder if he was a little too confident in himself. The rest of his profile was brief yet honest, as he simply stated he was looking for “a girl with a strong faith, likes the outdoors, and is outgoing and fun.” Scrolling further down, I learned that he worked as an accountant in the Twin Cities and for a Klondike bar, he would travel anywhere.

Decent enough, I thought to myself, as I chose to ignore a few typos and his lack of additional photos. When I met him in person, I thought that his pictures didn’t do him justice, and now six months later, I think his profile didn’t speak nearly highly enough of him.

Our profiles are the gateway for potential first dates, so it’s crucial that your profile accurately portray who you are and what you’re all about. Here are a few reminders to ensure that your profile shows off just how great you are:

  1. Proofread, proofread, proofread. See your profile as your relationship resume. Ask a trusted friend to read through your profile to make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors.
  2. In the online dating world, pictures let other members learn more about you. Choose photos that display your interests and what’s important to you.
  3. Speaking of photos, your profile picture is the first thing fellow CatholicMatchers see. Make sure your photo is flattering and an accurate depiction of your current image! No sunglasses, dark shadows or senior photos.
  4. Answer all of the question fields fully and thoughtfully. You don’t have to write an essay, but make sure that your profile gives other members a glimpse into your lifestyle and personality.
  5. First and foremost, be yourself. If you’re a huge baseball fan, mention that. If you’re hesitant about online dating, mention that in your profile. The more authentic you can be in your profile, the more likely you are to converse with other genuine members.

Your profile is the most important piece of your online dating experience, so if you take the time to craft thoughtful and honest answers, you can guarantee that a thoughtful and honest person will send you an emotigram soon!

CatholicMatchers, what tips do you have for other members when they are creating their profiles?

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7 Comments

  1. Stephen-725391 June 4, 2012

    I have to agree that profile presentation is critical. The article reviews very generally issues that should be more than obvious. However, it lacks practical things like ‘what items and in what order should those items be written’ in the ‘Who I am’ and in the ‘Who I’m looking for’ portion of the profile. This is IMHO a focusing type exercise that keeps the written portion from rambling.

    I can’t say enough about the photos portion, save for the fact that some of us who are in the ‘divorced’ category either have ‘lost’ photos of activities due to the divorce action and circumstances and some of us don’t have access to digital cameras that are of high enough quality to do us and our activities justice.

    Going on with the photo issue – this site’s photo navigation, that is, viewing the additional photos submitted, is TERRIBLE and needs to be re-done!

  2. Christina Ries
    Christina Ries June 4, 2012

    Thanks for the feedback, Stephen.

    I really love Jessica’s perspective, especially since she’s now in a happy relationship with a CatholicMatch guy whose profile didn’t quite do him justice.

    I agree that the “seeking” section is important. Here are three tips I suggest for an effective one: http://www.catholicmatch.com/blog/2012/03/3-rules-of-an-effective-seeking-section/

    You can find all our online dating advice here: http://www.catholicmatch.com/blog/category/online-dating-tips/

    And please add your own input in the comments!

  3. Anne-702606 June 6, 2012

    I like the above story, however some of us profile does not matter, I only approve profile after i have on several occasions been chatting with the person concern. As much as we can write the best profile still you need to chat often whether long or short distance friend with time you will confirm whether whatever he has indicate on his/her profile really is the truth and the whole truth.

    Photos; many of us tend to put old photos which shows 10 years younger, my own opinion is if the Catholic Match would provide with direct face to face chat i.e. web cam then each person can be in position to confirm the age and also whether it is the same person on the photos.

    Be blessed

    Anne
    From Kenya

  4. Peter-852230 June 7, 2012

    You talk about proofreading an awful lot – and you misspelled alma mater.

  5. Rosario-867658 June 24, 2012

    Honesty is the best policy when you are telling people who you are. It all comes around and faces you eventually when one is not truthful in something as important as trying to meet someone who you wish to spend the rest of your life with. I have just registered with CatholicMatch.com/goTX and I am happy for the opportunity given me thru this ministry as I call it. Thank You

  6. Mass K. November 20, 2012

    Hello all,

    That was so helpful. It’s so nice to have specific information about improve online dating profile. You simplified it for me, and now it seems easy and maybe, possibly, fun! Thanks again for your help.

    https://www.know2love.com/

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