4 Tips For When You Set Up Your Online Dating Profile
Five or 10 years ago, online dating got sort of a bad rap. Today, though, people of all ages are embracing the amazing benefits of online life. Americans are shopping online more than they ever have, they’re being entertained by the Internet more than ever, and they’re even looking for romance.
Americans over 55 are no exception. According to Pew Research, the age group of 55-65 is using online dating sites at the second-fastest growing rate of any age group (behind only 18-24 year-olds). There is a certain art to online dating, and it starts with a well-cultivated profile. If you’re interested, we want to get you online and looking for love. Here are four tips for when you set up your online dating profile.
1. The picture is worth a thousand words.
One of the most important parts of any online dating profile is the picture you choose. Be sure to use a picture that looks natural and that you like. If you like it, your prospective partner is sure to follow suit. Walker Thornton from Senior Planet gives great step-by-step instructions about how to post the perfect profile picture:
When you find the picture you want to use, start creating your profile.
When you get to the “add a profile picture” part, look for the button that says ‘upload from computer.’
Click that and the search feature lets you locate the photo on your hard drive. Click to upload the photo.
As Thornton writes, “It’s that simple!”
2. Be positive!
You’re great, and everyone deserves to know it. As this article from Senior Dating puts it, “If you take the time and energy to promote the positive truth in a compelling and humorous way, you’ll get far more responses from people who are genuinely interested in knowing the real you.” Be sure to sell yourself in a compelling way, and you’ll have potential partners champing at the bit.
3. Get some help.
Pew research says that 20 percent of online daters had help making their profiles. It’s not a bad idea! Who knows you better than your best friends? As Sixty and Me notes, friends of the opposite sex can be particularly helpful.
4. Be sure to proofread!
As you write about the things that motivate you in your life—your family, your passions, and your dreams—be sure to write carefully! Small mistakes can turn off partners. The AARP put it best when they wrote, “The better written and complete, the more appealing the story is.”
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