It’s no secret that I’ve recently done a fair bit of ‘market research’ on Tinder, and let’s just say, it’s a hell of a jungle out there. Recently single and out of a long term relationship, I thought f*ck it, I'll hop on Tinder and see what all the damn fuss is about. I also thought that as a full time Sexologist I really should get some 'professional development' under my belt (pun intended), and online dating seemed like the perfect place to begin.
So there I was, all of a sudden swiping (mostly left) to what seemed like 100's of ridiculously random Tinder profiles. Now to the gentleman reading this, listen up, if you’re serious about Tinder (and you genuinely want to match up with a sex goddess), then I suggest most of you consider a major overhaul of your profiles … immediately.
So here’s five simple and effective ways to spice up your Tinder profile today:
Think of your profile as your personal brand
Eye catching, well thought-out branding is essential for any successful product or service that’s on the market. I encourage you to think about your Tinder photos as your personal brand and curate a profile that gives women a good idea of who you are (or who you want to be).
Put up at least one photo that clearly shows your eyes
Oh my God, the amount of men who just put up photos in sunnies is incredible. Men, women love eye contact! Your eyes are the gateway to your soul … show us what your eyes look like so that we can somehow connect in and get the full picture of your face and your vibe.
Please, no photos of children!
Fair enough, you want the world to know you’re a super Dad, or you’re ‘Uncle of the year’ and yes, hot dads definitely get my vote. But please, DO NOT put up photos of you and your kid on Tinder! Seriously, do you want an image of your child on a dating app? Have some respect for the children and keep their faces off your profile.
Limit dog photos to ONE
Okay, we get it, you’re a dog lover, and so am I. But the amount of men who post JUST dog photos is ludicrous. I don’t need to know if I’m attracted to your dog, I need to know if I’m are attracted to YOU. So please, limit a photo of you and your dog to only one.
No group shots!
You have a heap of friends, awesome, but I’m not on Tinder to date your friends, plus if you put up a group shot I may not even know which man is you and which man is your best mate. And then it’s confusing. So zero group photos please.
Stop trying to be a cool smart ass, and be real
So you’ve got the match, yippee! Now it’s time to use your brain and your charm and hook that Goddess in with some decent chat. Don’t try to be anything that you’re not, us wise women see straight through the bullshit. Be yourself, be authentic and ask for what you want. Simple as that.
This article was originally published on MTV in December 2016