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How *Not* to Be Single this Cuffing Season (2023 Edition)

If your romantic endeavors didn’t go nearly as planned this holiday season, that’s alright — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.

Of course, if you don’t yet have someone to spend it with, you’ll have to start hunting for a date ASAP. 

But before you start swiping on dating apps, you need to know how to create the perfect dating profile!

To help you out, here are 4 simple steps to help double your chances of landing a date this Valentine’s Day.

Step 1. Optimize Your Carousel

First impressions are everything when it comes to online dating. A quick 5-second look at your photo carousel will decide whether or not you’re getting left-swiped.

Here are 4 easy ways to level up your photo game:

1. Save the thirst traps for the ladies 
Let’s get this one out of the way. Ladies can get away with taking mirror selfies, but when guys do it, it can come off cringy and desperate. Leave your shirt on and follow these next few tips.

2. Angle up to level up
As you probably know, tall guys have the advantage when it comes to dating. The easiest way to appear taller online is to get your friend to kneel down and angle the camera upwards. Taking a shot from a lower angle elongates your body and gives the illusion of more height.

3. Use photo-editing apps
Use photo editing apps to smooth over any acne scars and discoloration on your face to achieve a flawless complexion. Some of Alex’s favorite photo editing apps are Facetune, Snapseed, and Lightroom.

4. Take advantage of your furry friend
Nothing makes a lady do a “double-take” during swiping than a cute dog! It's an easy hack to get people to stop scrolling and take a closer look at the rest of your profile!
Before you go hiring a professional photographer or borrowing your friend’s puppy, make sure you’ve got the rest of your pitch nailed down.

This leads us to the next step….

Man with what is presumably his dog.

Step 2.  Seal The Swipe With Your Bio

Your bio is your personal dating billboard. Most guys waste this space with cringey pickup lines they got from”Pick Up” influencers. Instead, get specific on what you’re looking for and what makes you different.

Here are 4 things you can include in your bio that will help you find a mutual connection.

Your Interests —  Include your favorite shows, music and hobbies (e.x.fitness, foodie, hiking) — anything you’re passionate about!

Your Ideal Date —  Mention where you would like to go on a first date.  It could be your favorite restaurants or bar, or an activity like bowling!

Your occupation — Having a similar occupation is an instant connection. And if you have a job that ladies traditionally find attractive like being a personal trainer or a chef, (ladies love guys who can cook) it boosts your chances at a match!

Your ideal match —  Be honest about what you’re looking for, and feel free to specific and set the bar high. Having high expectations exudes confidence, and confidence is an attractive trait.

This way, every match you get will be exactly the type of lady you’re looking for!

3 dating profiles of men.

Step 3. Make Yourself Interesting

The easiest way to write a “match-worthy bio is by appearing relatable. If they know you have something in common, it's more likely they’ll want to start up a conversation. 

The good thing is nowadays, most dating apps allow you to add an “interests” section to your profile without taking up space in your bio.

The key is to highlight what makes you different and use it as a conversation starter. This includes your interests, passions, and even everyday habits or food preferences. Not only do you immediately stand out, but you’ve also found someone you’re more likely to get along with.

Pro tip: Use your photos to show off your interests. For example, if you’re a big football fan, include a picture of yourself attending a game or wearing your favorite team’s jersey.

Someone holding a phone that shows they've matched with someone on their dating app.

Step 4. Don’t Forget About Your Socials

Connecting your Instagram or Facebook account to your personal bio lets girls get a better picture of who you are within the 10-second window they spend on your profile. Plus it’s a subtle way of inviting interested parties to slide into your DMs. 

While it's important to keep your dating app profile updated and interesting, don't forget about your entire online presence!

Instagram — Your IG posts give girls a glimpse into your day-to-day life, and can make or break their decision to like you. That said, what you're interested in and spend your time doing is equally as important as how you present it in your posts. Make sure the vibes you're giving off in your photos and videos match the personality you're going for.

LinkedIn —  It’s no secret that women are attracted to smart men with status and money. Using Linked to highlight your career accomplishments is an underutilized life hack to easily stand out from the crowd.

Facebook —  The “photos I’m tagged in” section is most likely full of photos you want to disappear from the internet. Go check that right now and hide (or delete) those embarrassing high school photos that can still be found on your page!

Pretty woman who's probably watching a video on her phone.

There you have it,

4 ways to level up your dating profile so you don't have to stay single in 2023 (unless you plan on playing the field).