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Are you on a dating app? Make sure you don’t make these 7 common mistakes

Men and women share what makes them swipe left on bios. For a better chance of matching with interesting people on dating apps, read and take notes.

sex and relationships Updated: Jul 27, 2017 10:33 IST
Dating apps have found great success in India.
Dating apps have found great success in India.(Shutterstock)

India has clearly taken to online dating. Fifty percent more Indians are looking for dates online, found Google Year in Search report recently. Not surprising since everything in this world has become digital now. You can even find love by just one swipe of your finger. But some restrictions imposed by photo and character limits leave some of us at a bit of a loose end. According to The Independent, two Reddit users asked men and women to list the red flags they’ve seen on dating profiles.

These are the 7 mistakes people make while writing about themselves in a dating app bio:

1) The blank profile

You’ve already gone to the effort of creating a profile, typing your name and age, maybe you even uploaded one pic. What else do they need?

2) Bathroom selfies

Firstly, that flash is obscuring the torso/chest/face you’re obviously desperate to show off. Secondly, you’re clearly a bit of a narcissist/you don’t get out much, hence the bathroom. Thirdly, don’t think we can’t see that there’s a toilet in the background.

3) Height

Short of stating your shoe size and your contact lens prescription, writing your height in your bio essentially translates to the following “I’m not interesting, I’m not witty, but I sure am tall”.

Avoid uploading group pictures on your bio. (Shutterstock)

4) The group profile picture

Not only is this confusing as we have no idea who you are, but it immediately leads us to believe that you are the least attractive person in the photograph. Not a good start. Either bag yourself some beastly friends or play it safe with a solo pic.

5) Dog/child photos

You’re asking for trouble with either. Whilst the former will only bring immense disappointment when paired with “not my dog” in your bio, the latter is bound to catalyse commit issues in even the broodiest of broods. Expect an apocalypse if your photo includes both.

6) Using emojis in the place of words

We get it, you like beer/wine/avocados and sometimes you smile/wear sunglasses/dance like a sassy girl in a red dress. It might be 2017 but the language of love is still a lexical art. Say it, don’t emoji it.

7) And finally.

Remember, no one is everyone’s “type on paper”. You’re looking for someone who “ticks all the boxes” but doesn’t give you “the ick”. You want to show that you’re good at “grafting” but don’t be “muggy” about it. You’re ready to put all your “eggs in one basket” and are gagging to “crack on” but terrified of being “pied”, so you’re “pranging out”.

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