How many times do you come across the phrases “Quotes way too much from ‘The Office’” or “Fluent in sarcasm” when scrolling through dating apps? It probably only takes a few swipes before you see it. If you’ve spent any time on the apps, you’ve no doubt noticed that certain phrases crop up over and over. And we get it, dating app profiles can be challenging to write. Summing up your personality into a few hundred words isn’t easy, but if you want to stand out in a sea of sameness, avoid these overused and annoying phrases.
- “Fluent in sarcasm” - It’s like people think this is some kind of shorthand for having a sense of humor. We appreciate sarcasm, too, but do you want to be one of the masses including this in your bio?
- “I’m an open book, just ask” - This is a lazy approach to writing a profile and doesn’t tell you anything about the person. If the whole point of the bio is to help others know if they want to talk to you, you need to give them something else to go on.
- “Height xxx because apparently that matters” - Listing how tall you are in your bio with this snarky comment after your height kind of makes it seem like you have a hangup about how tall you are. And it’s a bit of a swipe at future matches who might not care at all.
- “I’m bad at replying” - Then you should probably work on that since that’s how most dating sites work.
- “Looking for a partner in crime” - Unless you have a ‘66 Thunderbird to drive off a cliff together, just skip this phrase.
- “Not looking for a pen pal” - Sure, some online daters end up chatting way too long without either person trying to meet in person, but this sounds like preemptive scolding and it’s off-putting. Why not just try to steer the conversation toward making real plans instead?
- “Here for a good time not a long time” - While there’s something to be said for being up front about what you’re looking for, there are a lot of other profiles out there using the exact same phrase.
- “Quotes way too much from ‘The Office’” - Trying to use common interests to attract a potential match is good, but you may want to pick an interest that’s more unique to you than liking one of the most popular shows in recent history.