Online dating phrases to avoid

I’m fit, intelligent, and I love to laugh and have fun.

My family and friends are the most important things in my life, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by great people. The key to online dating is to differentiate yourself, lest you fall into “Generic Profile Land.” Some common phrases to avoid include: I think puns are a sign of intelligence…

e Harmony Australia conducted a survey of its membership — so while the usual caveats about self-serving surveys and marketing apply, it’s at least an interested group in the topic at hand — looking at which words and phrases to use in an online dating profile based on their attraction potential for the opposite sex.

Sorry, non-hetero couples; you don’t appear to have been consulted.

For men, the top terms are “Perceptive”, “Physically Fit”, “Passionate”, “Intelligent”, “Ambitious”, “Optimistic”, “Funny”, “Warm”, “Creative” and “Thoughtful”.

Ladies looking for some male attention should apparently use “Sweet”, “Funny”, “Ambitious”, “Thoughtful”, “Easy-Going”, “Passionate”, “Outgoing”, “Hard working”, “Spontaneous” and “Happy”.

It’s not surprising that “Passionate” makes both lists, given it’s a survey conducted by an online dating site, but otherwise it would appear that the attribute that unites romantic types is “Ambition”. On the downside, the phrases for men to avoid are “Quiet”, “Energetic”, “Respectful”, “Modest”, “Kind”, “Sweet”, “Good Listener”, “Loyal”, “Caring” and “Spiritual”. So despite all the eharmony ads portraying their members as looking for something more 'substantial' than the usual Tinderesque public loo hookups, 2 of the top 3 terms for men are 'hunky' and 'horny' (aka “Physically Fit”, “Passionate”).

On the female side, apparently “Spiritual”, “Quiet”, “Romantic”, “Good listener”, “Rational”, “Articulate”, “Modest”, “Respectful”, “Dependable” and “Intelligent” are the words to leave out of your profile. I can see how 'spiritual' can easily be interpreted as "flaky crystal-hugging hippie" but the turn-off of terms like 'kind', 'loyal', 'dependable' and 'intelligent' are sad.

Perhaps those terms have secret meanings beyond what appear to be desirable?

Love the name you used, based on Gryada's comment : D 'Kind', 'loyal', 'dependable' sound a bit more brotherly, not what a woman might be wanting in a partner... "Intelligent" was on the positive list though, not the negative one.

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