With the internet emerging as a powerful tool for meeting people from across the world, more and more singles are now taking recourse to online dating. But just like in real world, success in finding a suitable partner lies in standing out from the crowd which in case of online dating boils down to coming up with a dating profile which is witty and thus attention-grabbing. Here are a few tips on how to write a funny dating profile which is sure to get you the kind of responses you want.
Start with the headline
The headline is often considered to be the most important aspect of a dating profile since this is the first and often the only visible aspect when browsing for profiles. So when you are thinking of a headline, stay away from the worn-out and boring and instead use something crisp and funny like ‘Feel free to interact with me. All my shots are current!’.
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Have a powerful opening
While in real world, it may be right to open introductions with polite words, it makes little sense to open a dating profile with a sentence like, ‘ Thanks for stopping by my profile’ or ‘This is the first time I’m doing something like this’. If you are on a dating site, everything knows why you are here and what you are looking for – so don’t waste other people’s time by going around it in circles. Rather adopt an opening that will take the reader straight into the heart of the matter so that their attention is caught right away. And what better way to do this than by using humor with something like ‘I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures’.
Avoid bragging about yourself
Self-descriptions in a dating profile that brag about a person’s positive qualities have been used so many times that now they come to mean little or hardly evoke any interest from others. Even worse are lines that people use to describe their own supposed sense of humor like ‘being witty is second nature to me’ or that ‘I like making others laugh’. If you do have a sense of humor then make it apparent in the content or writing style of your profile instead of being pretentious and claiming that you are blessed with one. However this is not to say that you shouldn’t highlight your assets but do it in a witty and sophisticated way; for example if you have a successful career you could hint at it by saying ‘Coffee, Chocolate, and Men - some things are just better rich’.
Stay away from clichés
If you wish your dating profile to grab attention, then you will have to use words and phrases that have not yet been done to death. Lines like ‘I am compassionate’ or ‘I am a fun-loving person who likes to have a good time’ are not only tedious to encounter over and over again but are in fact quite meaningless since these qualities are best revealed in action and scarcely believed when they are put forth as a bunch of adjectives that anyone can write about themselves. So try to be as original as you can in finding ways to describe yourself. And if you want to use humor, stay away from jokes and one-liners that have become all too common.
Use specific details
The more generic your dating profile, the less likely it is to attract attention. It is here again that humor plays an important role in enlivening a dating profile and making it unique. Use witty phrases and verbal images to describe your physical attributes or mention some quirky aspect of your personality that will make you come off as endearing instead of nerdy. Likewise you can even dig into your past to inject more humor in your dating profile. Mention a humorous anecdote from your college days to show the kind of person you are or another from your social life to reveal what you are not looking for in a relationship. The more specific and relevant you make your dating profile, the easier it will be for a potential partner to have a clear image of your personality and hence the more likely that they will get back to you.
Decide on the kind of humor you want to use
There are several ways of making a dating profile funny – you can use intellectual wit or spoof other profiles which take themselves too seriously. You can even use some mild sarcasm to come off as urbane and an individual unlikely to be taken in. But remember that more sophisticated your wit, the lesser number of people it will be comprehensible to. On the other hand however, elements of lampoon and banter are easier to relate to, but too much of it may again make you come off as unrefined or even crass. Also it would be wise to avoid humor which may verge on political incorrectness. For instance while mother-in-law jokes used to be quite popular with men a generation back, now they are no longer received with much enthusiasm, particularly by women. Likewise stay away from jokes and anecdotes which depend on racial, religious, ethnic or linguistic difference for their element of humor.
It is a known fact that a sense of humor consistently ranks near the top when singles, especially women, are asked about some of the most desirable attributes in a potential partner. A person who is genuinely funny is someone who is least likely to take himself seriously and so less likely to come off as arrogant, self-centered and self important. More than that however almost everyone recognizes that humor is one of those life-skills which best equips us to absorb the knocks that life sometimes hands out and yet bounce back with hope and determination. So as far as qualities in a partner go, a sense of humor is any day a useful one to have and advertise.