There are a lot of don’ts out there but to help you on your way Our Graham found this gem of a list from Glamour.com’s dating blogger, Gena Kaufman.It picks out all those words that are best avoided in your username.Here, care of the Huffington Post, are some other ones to avoid.Better to say: I love eating Persian food especially in West London.You know the old saying about first impressions, and how you only get one chance to make them? When you’re logged onto Match, furtively scrolling through hundreds of girls’ profiles, you probably don’t spend a lot of time forming that first opinion. This video clip has some amusing ones to avoid), think about what you do in a normal day. If you want to put a bit more of yourself into it (and this applies particularly if you have a tagline to think about.
The more you agonise over it, the worse it’s going to get. Also think about the kind of person you want to meet and what you want to get out of the relationship. The strange thing about online dating is that the vast majority are striving to look normal.
That is why the only way to stand out from the crowd is to be yourself. The more you use cliché’s, the more you will be passed over. So that means: no candlelit dinners, walks along the beach, ‘I like all sports’ (you can’t like all sports, lawn bowls? Say which you do really like), shopping (generic), eating out (generic).
To work it off I like to go running up and down my street and play the occasional bit of football. In terms of names this also means that Hot Guy444 or Nice Girl isn’t really going to cut it. If you’re in online dating to find a relationship, however casual it may be, people want it to be with a person, not an automaton or a computer profile.
I always buy coffee from Pret because it seems like it’s more ethical than Starbucks (probably misguided) and when I go to the beach, I like to make sand angels. Remember you do have to meet this person sooner or later.
Gena says to avoid ‘xxx’s, meaningless numbers (or meaningful ones if it’s the number 69), anything like ‘sex’, ‘dirty’, ‘hot’, or equally ‘death’ and ‘rage’.
It’s a good list and you can read the full post here.