When you only have a split second to make an impression on a dating app, your bio is of the upmost importance. Your photos should be casual, but not careless. Tag lines should be witty, but not too witty. And thanks to a recent survey, we have even more information on what makes a successful dating app bio -- and what to steer clear of.
As Bustle reports, Carphone Warehouse and dating expert and coach James Preece surveyed 1,000 British citizens to find out what they find the most -- and least -- appealing in a dating profile. The results are bad news for those of us who tend throw around the dancing lady or winky face emojis, as a whopping 80 percent of those surveyed said emojis are a major turnoff. Yikes. Other red flags are more obvious: smokers, heavily-filtered images or no pictures at all.
But thankfully, the study did offer some helpful tips about what you should include in your profile. Turns out, 51 percent of participants said that they like jokes and sarcasm, so don't be afraid to get a little silly. "Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself," Preece said in a statement. "Nobody is perfect after all." (But be careful: Seven out of ten of those surveyed said that rude/inappropriate jokes are not cool.)
When it comes to photos, transparency is key: 86 percent of people said they'd like to see a full-length picture of a potential date. Speaking of photos, 80 percent also love travel pictures while 77 percent said photos with pets are always a win (obviously).
In both your bio and the photos you select, psychologist and relationship expert Antonia Hall previously told GLAM, "Try to paint snapshots of your life in a succinct way without using all of the over-used clichés.”
Essentially, people want to feel like a potential match is honest about who they are and comfortable with themselves. While there are clearly certain bio features that are more popular than others, it's important to just be yourself and do what feels right. And let's be honest, if someone is judging you for using your favorite emoji that harshly, you probably don't want to date them anyway.
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