Online Dating – What Men Don’t Want to See in Your Profile

Dating apps – the fashionable means to date. Media portrayal of “when dates go wrong” has taken remoted incidents and made them the norm, so the probability of assembly any individual in a bar and beginning one thing new is now very small. People simply do not belief one another.

Dating apps make dating secure and simple. Scrolling via profiles and selecting whether or not you want them or not has by no means been simpler. It’s like buying to your soulmate and also you get a whole aisle to choose one from. All of them are totally different in their very own means, however rather a lot are the identical in some ways too.

I’ve been utilizing dating apps for over a 12 months, have had my very own diploma of success, however am now simply utilizing them to individuals watch and for leisure – sure that is proper, leisure! I take advantage of Plenty of Fish, Tinder and Bumble. Let’s clarify a little bit about each first:

• Plenty of Fish (or PoF) – that is essentially the most complicated of the three. You enter lots of details about your self, likes and dislikes, what you’re on the lookout for and persona, there’s even a “Chemistry Test” to full for compatibility (though I’m but to see a profile with this accomplished). You then add photographs of your self, in the hope of attracting that one particular person, and write an in depth “About me” description. You are proven photographs of potential matches in your space and if you click on on them you’re taken to their profile. There is then a lot of info permitting you to determine whether or not or not to make contact. PoF additionally has a “Meet Me” part, which is a fast swipe the place you determine based mostly on one picture whether or not or not you prefer to to meet any individual – that is nonetheless a paid part and as such no person makes use of it!

• Tinder – that is the well-known dating app, the place customers swipe left or proper relying on whether or not they just like the look of the particular person in the {photograph}. Right for sure and left for no. Tinder permits you to view all of their profile photographs, which might vary from 1 to 8 pictures. If you just like the look of the particular person and wish to study extra, then you’ll be able to faucet on the underside of the picture for his or her description – some individuals use it and others do not. When a match happens, the onus is usually on the male to make preliminary contact

• Bumble – this dating app is analogous to Tinder, however laid out otherwise. On Bumble, the person scrolls up web page by web page to view particulars of the individual that they’re taking a look at and their further pictures, however like Tinder it is a left or proper swipe relying on whether or not you’re attracted to that particular person. Unlike Tinder, when a match happens, the onus is on the feminine to make the primary transfer, in reality the male can not ship the primary message and the girl has simply 24 hours to ship that first message. If you significantly like your match then you need to use a operate to prolong that 24 hours to 48 hours.

All sounds very sophisticated, nevertheless it actually is not. I’ve discovered that the perfect “quality” women use Bumble, then Tinder and backside of the pile are customers of PoF. Bumble customers have a tendency to be professionals who take pleasure in “the finer things in life and world travel”, Pof customers are much less doubtless to be professionals and principally take pleasure in “watching tv, going to the pub and family time”.

I’ve determined to write this, with a view to declaring, from a person’s perspective, why the ladies on these apps turn out to be unattractive, regardless of how they could look. I additionally need to level out the place ladies have their info incorrect, when it comes to the male customers of those apps. I do know some males don’t learn the outline that’s painstakingly laboured over and go purely on seems, however there are a lot of feminine customers who do precisely the identical factor.


Let’s have a look at how the profile is considered when learn.

There are many ways in which profiles are written and the bulk are very negatively composed, others are amusing and others are very sensitively and intelligently put collectively.

By “negatively composed”, I imply that they’re an countless diatribe of why the person is hacked off with dating apps and males in basic and what a possible match should not do, should not say in the primary message and a really tight description of how they need to look! They use phrases equivalent to “just jog on” if a person is on the lookout for one thing explicit equivalent to “one night stands”, “a skinny supermodel” and even “doesn’t like children”. These are all issues that put a possible match off after they learn your profile – it comes throughout as aggressive and being written by any individual with “attitude” and a dislike of males in basic… I imply for those who dislike males so intensely then why are you on the lookout for one?

Sizeism is rife – I as soon as learn one girl’s profile and it merely learn:

“What do you call a man under 6 feet tall? A friend”

How is that this conducive to discovering a match? OK it made me smile, but in addition made me realise what I used to be dealing with – I’m 5 toes 8 inches and in the dating sport, thought-about a “short a**e” and subsequently undeserving of a date. Why restrict your choices to discovering a great man, who can fulfill your each requirement, as a result of he’s an inch or two shorter than you when you’ve your heals on? It all appears to be about look, which instantly is a left swipe for me, as a result of it exhibits how shallow these “beauties” are. “I want to wear heals when I go out and therefore this adds 4 inches to my actual height of 5 feet 3 inches” – oh so you’re truly a “short a**e” too then?

Here is a quote from one other profile. This one belonged to a beautiful girl of 52 who was 5 toes 2 inches and on the lookout for any individual of an analogous age:

“Must be over 5 foot 10 (as I like to wear heals) and have a full head of dark hair”.

I assumed, honey if he is reached 50 plus and he nonetheless has a full head of hair he is completed effectively, but when it is nonetheless darkish then he is utilizing Grecian! If I wrote a equally particular profile description and mentioned, for instance, “Must be a size 8 to 10, 34 BB and have red curly hair” I’d be shot on sight and get ignored by each girl who got here into contact with my profile for being a misogynist! And it will most likely be display shot and shared round social media.

Clichés are one other overused medium in Profile Descriptions – two of my absolute no-no’s are “looking for my partner in crime” and “love to travel abroad and in the UK”.

Looking to your “partner in crime”? Well I’ve no want to show you how to bump off your ex, dismember him and scatter him across the county! I work in prisons, however haven’t any want to truly reside in one, thanks very a lot! LEFT SWIPE!

So you want travelling and holidays overseas and in the UK? I feel that goes with out saying, we ALL do! The reality that you simply point out it in your profile, for me, means one among two issues. Either you would not consider something attention-grabbing to write in your profile and thought “travelling” made you sound attention-grabbing or mysterious, OR you’re on the lookout for a accomplice who will whisk you away someplace heat and sandy 3 or 4 occasions a 12 months! LEFT SWIPE! I as soon as referred to as any individual out on this, we matched and I requested her “I see you like travel, what’s the nicest place you’ve ever been to?” She replied “Scotland.” I requested “No outside the UK”. Her response “Oh, I’ve never been abroad, but really would like to; maybe we could go somewhere together.” So you need me to take you overseas, as a result of you’ll be able to’t or will not take your self? Yet her profile acknowledged that she appreciated to journey overseas.

Ladies complain that they really feel their profiles go unread, however given the quantity of profiles that I’ve learn that are written in this fashion, there is no such thing as a surprise that males do not trouble studying them. I can now fairly precisely predict, simply from {a photograph}, whether or not a profile is written in this fashion.

The different factor that places me off potential matches is “attitude” in a profile – when a profile is worded in a means that’s aggressive in the direction of potential matches. Many profiles are worded in a means that aggressively states what the particular person is on the lookout for, what a match ought to and mustn’t have in their profile photographs, what a match ought to and mustn’t behave like, how they need to phrase their contact message and so on., these profiles normally finish with the phrases “if this is you then ‘jog on’.” I hate this expression.

If you’re writing a profile, women, and also you need to entice a possible mate, then inform us about your self, put some effort into it. Make us smile, seize our consideration. Don’t, do not, DON’T use clichés, or drone on at inordinate lengths about how dangerous males are, or Tinder in basic is; itemizing your assumptions about how males are all after one factor, hung up on their ex, or married. These issues simply make you sound like Eeyore speaking politics and no person dates a donkey!


The profile image is the primary impression – it is the factor that makes us determine if we want to delve deeper into this particular person’s profile. In which case why put your profile picture as a meme, a black display, a photograph of your youngsters, a photograph of a panorama or a very shut up picture of your eye? Really? Am I going to have a look at the remainder of your photos? Erm… no! As for my final instance: is your profile a jigsaw, do I’ve to print off every picture in order to construct a composite of your face?

There are some things not to do when deciding which photographs to embody in a profile:

• Don’t use filters, ESPECIALLY Snapchat filters – if I need to see you with bunny ears, then I’ll purchase you some, and if I need to see you with stars round you I’ll bang my head on one thing stable! These filters don’t give an correct illustration of you and more often than not make you look scarily grotesque! When I meet you, I will not recognise you and after I lastly do see via the entire wrinkles, I could really feel the necessity to iron your face and make you put on the rabbit ears and glossy purple nostril that I purchased together with me to make you truly seem like your profile image!

• Pouting – NO! Some of you seem like a puffer fish attempting not to kiss a shark’s bottom! Just smile and be pure – present me the glint in your eyes and the smile that makes the solar jealous.

• Skiing Photos – ladies complain that males’s photographs at all times present them holding a fish (you’d be stunned what number of ladies have photographs like this – you CANNOT describe your self as an animal lover and stand there holding a suffocating fish) or standing by their automotive or bike. Well in my expertise 75% of the feminine profiles I’ve visited present {a photograph} of them on the slopes leaning on their skis or one thing related. We don’t want to see you in snowboarding goggles, hat, scarf, gloves, snowboarding overalls, massive boots and so on. All we are able to see is your purple nostril and all we are able to think about is the copious quantities of snot you have been attempting to snivel up it, in order to have the picture taken with out it working down and over your high lip onto your cashmere scarf!

• Tongue – Please don’t add a photograph of you protruding your tongue, particularly if you’re over 50. It simply is not engaging in the slightest. I assume women assume that it makes them look playful and enjoyable, possibly even mischievous. It actually would not, it simply makes me assume that you simply ran out of {photograph} concepts

• Blurry Images – Given trendy expertise and the age of the selfie being upon us, there’s zero excuse for the photographs in your profile to be photographs of previous images or blurry in any means form or type. They don’t enable us to see what you seem like

• Face Only – Please don’t give me 8 photographs of your head, from just about the identical angle! I get what you seem like after the primary 2 or 3. I need to see extra – present your persona in them, your type, present me what you want to do in your spare time (besides snowboarding for apparent causes) – it is wonderful what will be hidden when all that you’re seeing is a face. Show me you in totally different garments and at totally different occasions of the day – don’t present me photographs of your self in totally different outfits in entrance of the identical mirror, with the outfit that you simply have been in in the earlier picture mendacity on the mattress behind you or in a heap round your toes!

• Cheesy Puffs – Specific instance right here of what not to do. This explicit (giant – I feel BBW is what they refer to themselves as) girl thought that it was engaging to place {a photograph} of her sitting in a plastic chair on her patio, legs out in entrance of her, slippers on, fag in one hand and an outsized packet of tacky puffs in the identical hand, her different hand shoving a handful of mentioned tacky puffs into her mouth! Hmmmm, NOT engaging in the slightest!

The issues individuals do! And then they surprise why they’re having little or no success. Many will even mix all of this stuff into one profile.

My profile has quite a lot of images, all taken just lately, in totally different locations, doing various things and in totally different types of apparel. One picture in explicit acquired me quite a lot of abuse from just a few ladies. It is {a photograph} of me and a horse, I’m certain that I’ve no want to clarify the amount of feminine profiles that I’ve come throughout the place they’re pictured with a horse! Apparently the truth that I’m proven with a horse who had buried his head in my chest upon our first assembly, exhibits me to be weak and feeble and never a person in any respect; I used to be advised that it was not manly, was unattractive and “wimpish”. One girl actually went to city on me about it, in a really abusive means, and it was actually fairly upsetting, however in essence exhibits the type of person who she is and lots of others are on these websites.


Lots of women are on the lookout for a gentleman, who’s attentive, compassionate, caring and so on., however after they get one, you uncover they’re truly attracted to dangerous boys and discover that they assume you’ve some form of ulterior motive since you are “too nice!” No, I’m simply being who I’m – a genuinely good man and a gentleman who needs to deal with you proper.

Another cause for the above, after all, is that these ladies have been handled so badly by different males, that they don’t consider they deserve the correct to have any individual truly be good to them. This actually saddens me, that many males deal with ladies in this fashion, which provides ladies the impression that that is regular and being handled correctly is just not. I had one match who took benefit of me being good, to the purpose the place I discovered myself paying her family payments as I felt sorry for her. I had one other who was satisfied I used to be a very nasty narcissist, utilizing extremely complicated psychological video games to entrap her, when all I used to be doing was being genuinely sort and caring in the direction of her as a result of that’s who I’m and who I used to be introduced up to be. She couldn’t discover a field to put me in, based mostly on her previous experiences, and consequently I used to be advised it was over.

My expertise and the matches that I’ve dated have, sadly, led me to conclude that almost all of us who use dating apps are, in a way or different, “damaged”, normally psychologically, by some incident in our life or expertise with previous companions. This subsequently hinders our capacity to “relationship” usually and consequently leads to us repeating cycles that guarantee we stay in. To assume that in some unspecified time in the future in the long run, each particular person in the fashionable world can have been on a dating app in some unspecified time in the future in their lives!

Statistics truly present this to be true – they present that twice as many single individuals (in contrast to married individuals) undergo from psychological sickness, with single ladies being twice as doubtless as single males to undergo from extreme psychological issues. Showing that almost all of ladies on dating apps (a minimum of two thirds of them) are utterly bonkers! You have at finest a 1 in 3 probability of dating a good girl (ladies your probability is 2 out of three for dating a good man) – subsequently for each 3 ladies I’m matched with, just one is just not struggling due to her previous, if I’m fortunate.

All of that mentioned, ladies are undoubtedly the controllers the place on line dating is anxious. They have the higher hand in what is suitable for them to put in their profiles and photographs. A man doing the identical type of factor would find yourself having his profile reported a variety of occasions and regarded insulting or offensive for his wording. Women can state precisely what they’re on the lookout for even down to peak, hair color, facial hair and so on. – a person doing that might be thought-about as an “AVOID”. Apparently ladies can write no matter they like, no matter how offensive it’s – once more, a person wouldn’t get away with this. It appears individuals neglect that they’re attempting to entice any individual who will like them and wish to exit with them and in some unspecified time in the future, presumably, enter right into a relationship with them.

My personal view on the entire profile factor is: sincere pictures, that present not simply my face however my entire clothed physique, in garments I like to put on and recurrently do, in locations that I like to go to. In phrases of description, I describe myself and my persona truthfully and succinctly and am sincere about what I take pleasure in doing. I’ve been advised that each one of this makes me stand out from the gang, however as a result of it’s so totally different to most male profiles it makes it look suspicious to potential matches! How ridiculous, that an sincere profile can create suspicion amongst a myriad of pretend ones, or reasonably individuals being insincere about who they’re.

Due to the whole lot I’ve detailed right here, I’ve determined to restrict my use of dating apps to “fun” solely – by which I don’t imply one evening stands or any such shenanigans – that’s individuals watching and entertaining myself, attempting to guess from the preliminary picture what the particular person will say about themselves and the way their profile will learn. I’ve additionally come to the conclusion that almost all of profiles are simply individuals wanting the way in which they assume will entice the alternative intercourse, in phrases of each pictures and outline. I feel lots of the pictures are staged particularly for the dating app and that the outline of self is worded utilizing “commonalities” which are identifiers when looking for a appropriate match.

During my analysis for this piece, I did converse to individuals who had matched on dating websites and located the love of their life. I spoke to extra, nonetheless, who had trusted in dating apps for years (7 years is the longest anyone I spoke to had repeatedly been utilizing these apps) and had no success in any respect. So it may be profitable, however just for a really small minority of individuals.

I’ve determined to match the natural means, i.e. the assembly of minds and physicality that comes from a pure assembly someplace, by probability, be it at a park or a bar or some such. Using dating apps simply causes you to power the difficulty, when in actuality it ought to occur naturally and in its personal time. If it would not occur, then a minimum of I’ve recognized real love, which sadly ended due to terminal sickness. I’m simply going to get out and really speak to individuals and if something is supposed to occur then it would. If not, then I’ll simply take pleasure in my very own firm and proceed to take myself on dates! Or I assume I might register as an escort and have the women pay me to take them on dates or higher nonetheless on holidays overseas… actually price contemplating if all else fails!

I’ll depart you with one closing thought, reasonably ‘helpfully’ offered by a good friend who has been fortunately married for a lot of, a few years. He mentioned “You should avoid the Supermarket Dating App. I’ve heard that you just end up with a ‘bag for life’!”

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