COVID-19 has changed the landscape of dating. Meeting up at a bar or restaurant is no longer an option for some, and for those who can go out to mingle, there are some social implications. So, what should you do when meeting in person is no longer an option—or no longer expected?
Your online presence becomes even more crucial in the world of online dating during a global pandemic. Some people might be lazy texters but great conversationalists in-person. When dating during COVID-19, it doesn’t matter how great you are in person if your online persona is weak. Your budding relationships are going to be based on how you let your personality shine through those dating apps.
And what is the first thing all your potential partners will see? That’s right: your dating profile. This is where you need to be at the top of your game. Luckily, you’ve found some tips to perfect your dating profile.
Be selective about your profile pictures.
Think about your profile pictures as a first date. When you go out with someone for the first time, you might want to choose a nice outfit, have a nice hairstyle, practice good hygiene, and show some confidence. Include all this and more in your pictures. They are your first impression.
Choose a variety of pictures that showcase your:
- Fully Body
Include different angles of your face and body to give people a clearer image of what you look like. Variety in the kinds of pictures you share will go a long way in making you appear more interesting, more relatable, and more likeable. Display diverse places, outfits, attitudes, and expressions.
If a picture is really worth a thousand words, you don’t want to waste your breath repeating yourself. Make sure your pictures don’t all look the same. Different versions of the same selfie taken from the same angle with the same look on your face do not deliver variety, and it makes you look boring.
Put some effort into writing your bio.
If your photos are your first impression, your bio is the first conversation. This short space is your chance to display your personality and let people get to know you a little. The most important thing about writing a bio is accuracy. You have to be honest about what you like and who you are.
Second to honesty is self-control. Everything is good in moderation. For example, including too many superficial details like height and body type can make you seem self-obsessed or shallow. Including emojis can be a fun way to reveal personality and add some tone to your bio, but incorporating too many risks you coming off as neurotic. It’s nice to be funny, but if there’s nothing serious in your bio, you could seem like a joke.
You should be selective about what you write. Don’t go overboard on the details. Give just enough information for potential partners to judge if you have any common interests. Since there’s a limited amount of space, try to be concise while being true to yourself. Instead of saying “I really love being out in nature and going for walks with my dog,” you could write a list of interests “I love nature, walking my dog, swimming, playing soccer, etc.” to give more information in fewer words.
Another strategy you can try is giving prompts to conversations. This makes messaging run more smoothly. It will tell you how interested the person you’re messaging is by revealing if they read your bio. By including short phrases like “Ask me about the time I…” or “I can tell you all about…” you can also showcase interesting skills or experiences.