A lot rides on your username—more than you may think. If you have a boring name, like Herbert, you probably died alone during the Great Depression. However, drinking wine and painting a mug on a bad second date does not qualify you to be a painter of dating profiles.
Pick Your Picture They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
A selfie, on the other hand, is worth seventeen words.
A man’s shirtless mirror selfie is worth three words.
And a woman’s shirtless mirror selfie is worth more lewd messages than she can read.
That picture of you riding a camel on vacation is worth two very specific words: camel rabies.
Be Honest About What You Want When you expect other people to read your mind, it often leads to disappointment.
If you’re on Ok Cupid because you’re in search of something serious, let people know.
If you’re on Tinder for casual sex, be honest (but not entitled), because others may have different intentions.
If you’re on e Harmony for some milk-fetish stuff, you probably need to start getting honest with yourself. Your message needs to be a sexy cannon shot across your prospective mate’s bow that roars, “Ahoy, Fitnfun237 ” No matter what, your message should be pirate-themed.
Send a Real Message No one wants an inbox full of the same two-word messages. Your opening lines need to be eye-catching and confident. Be Patient Patience is always a virtue, but with online dating it’s a necessity. When sitting down to dinner with someone, you may want to barrel ahead to questions like “Was your profile picture taken fifty years ago?
” Or “What do you mean, your butler is pulling the yacht around? Don’t blurt out, “Do you need that oxygen to survive?