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In this extract from Digital Etiquettetech-journalist Victoria Turk schools us on the art of romance in the modern world and tells us what to absolutely not put on your dating profile. Writing a dating profile is hard. Start with the basics. Think of your profile as a CV for romance: the aim is to make enough of an impression on paper that you get invited to an interview or, in this case, on a date.
Do not lie about your age.
Some sites will ask for more specific information — Are you religious? Are you a smoker? Do you like to be tied up in bed? Keep it concise and upbeat. A catchy opener This is your ice-breaker. Keep it short and sweet.
A description of yourself This is basically your Sleepless in Seattle profile. Choose something that speaks specifically to the kind of person you are. A long list of character goods can easily be construed as just one: self-obsessed. Your hobbies and interests How you spend your time says a lot more about you than any self-description could. Relationships are not made or broken on the back of the exact ranking of your top 10 punk records as long as The Clash are in there somewhere. On mobile apps, emoji are often used as shorthand for hobbies. Perhaps more important than what to put on your dating profile is what to avoid.
Are you looking for hot dates in your neighbourhood?
Negative wish lists are the worst. How else do you expect to meet someone — in real life? Your height The good with people featuring their height on their dating profiles truly baffles me.
And if it is, female you should get a hobby. At this point, it for that everyone is simply including it because everyone else does. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average height for a man in the UK is five foot nine — so unless tall men are somehow more predisposed to use dating apps than the rest of the population, a lot of people are being rather liberal with the tape measure.
At least save it until you know each other well enough to private message. How do you reply to your colleague's weird ? And just how do you know if you're mansplaining? In this irreverent journey through the murky world of digital etiquette, WIRED's Victoria Turk provides an indispensable guide to minding our manners in a brave new online world.
The digital revolution has put us all within a few clicks, taps and swipes of each other. If you've ever encountered the surreal battlefields of digital life and wondered why we don't all just go analogue, this is the book for you. Victoria Turk is a senior editor at WIRED, where she edits the dating section of the print magazine, le video strategy, and writes regularly for print and web. From bears to zebras, we have the perfect book for you or a friend — whatever your favourite creature. Jump in for some zoological reading inspiration.
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