How to write a profile that shows off your best side
In order to find out the best profile writing tips, we talked to real EliteSingles members about the kind of love they’re looking for1 (after all, who better to comment on our members’ wants and wishes than our users themselves?).
The quest for the perfect profile
1. Play coy!
We asked 1,000 singles from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa about what their biggest profile turn-off was. The answers were a little surprising, particularly when you just look at the Canadian replies!
Avoid: Sexual Innuendo
Turn-offs differ around the world, at least according to our users. While the most despised trait in the UK was poor spelling, and negativity topped the no-go list in New Zealand, the biggest online profile no-no in Canada was excessive sexual innuendo. Indeed, 28 per cent of our Canadian members voted it the biggest profile mistake, edging out negativity (24 per cent), insufficient profile description (14 per cent), narcissism (14 per cent), poor spelling (13 per cent) and clichés (10 per cent). Don't be an example of a dating profile gone bad. Keep it smut-free.
Embrace: Staying classy
EliteSingles Partner Psychologist, Relationship Coach Sam Owen, agrees that too much innuendo can send the wrong idea. She says that this is because profiles with too many winks and nudges ‘‘tend to suggest immaturity or that you’re only interested in the sexual aspect of meeting someone, not in forming a relationship.'' She goes on to point out that it is simply a matter of appealing to your target market: ''if you’re on a site such as EliteSingles, you’re going to alienate the majority of users, once again, helping ensure people skip past your profile.''