If you feel like you’re the only one who hasn’t found that near-perfect partner, you’re not alone. In fact, 64 percent of the millennial generation is in the same singles-only boat.
And while there are plenty of benefits to being (and staying) solo, we understand the allure of finding that special someone. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 science-backed, expert-approved ways to boost your dating prospects, whether you’re dating online or IRL. Listen closely, and you may not be so single come next February 14th.
Work out on your online presence. Avoid swear words, as these can make some people wary, and use spellcheck to be sure you don’t come off as careless or… less than smart. Don’t be afraid to be funny and show your sense of humor. Plus, if someone opts not to message you back because they don’t like your style of hamming it up, that’s fine—you probably wouldn’t get along with them anyway. Finally, keep it simple. No one wants to read a 1,200-word essay on your childhood. Nor should you see a dating profile as a platform to outline your political agenda, pet peeves with humanity, or all the insights you’ve gained from therapy.
Choose the right photos!
Choose photos and details that best represent you. If you’re not a partier, don’t post a shot of you out and about with a beer in each hand. If you prefer to sleep in on weekends, don’t lie about loving your 7 a.m. Saturday spin class. Same goes for images of you doing sports or activities you’d rather not try again, or listing hobbies you aren’t actually into but claim to be just to seem cool.
Do not forget to show your enthusiasm! Once you’ve moved to the messaging stage, replace neutral words, such as “happy” or “fine,” with more upbeat ones, like “excited” and “wonderful.” 🙂