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Online Dating Tips & Mistakes That Guys Make

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The world of online dating can seem like a minefield at times. You can make some common mistakes as a guy that can seriously harm your career prospects. From choosing the wrong app to posting a poor profile photo, there are lots of ways that you can scuttle your chances of success from the get-go. Fortunately, it needn’t be as challenging as many men make out. This post will cover some of the top mistakes most guys make when attempting to woo a potential partner and solutions.


Choosing The Wrong Dating App

Many dating apps exist, each with a different set of features. It can be hard to pick the one that is best for you. Some apps, like Tinder, are all about swiping left or right based on your preferences. Others focus more on finding someone who shares your interests and values. Hookup apps are around for some time, but choosing the right dating app can mean the difference between finding your perfect match and wasting your time. As a result, people have started paying more attention to what kind of services each app provides and what type of user experience it offers.


Before you sign up for every available app, take some time to research the options that suit your style best. This could mean checking for those related to a particular interest, the number of users, one that orients to your sexual preferences, or anything else that may increase your chances of finding someone. 

Poor Profile Photo

A lousy profile photo can ruin your chances of finding a partner on a dating app because it can portray you in the wrong light. Although first impressions shouldn’t matter much compared to your character, they do and always will. Therefore, your profile pic will be the first thing people notice about you. In the blink of an eye, your potential soulmate has already formed an opinion of you based on your photos before they even read your carefully constructed bio (more on that later). This impression will color their response to everything you write, whether positive or negative.

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A good quality photo showing your personality is crucial, so people will know what they are getting into. Therefore, you must create a professional-looking image that captures your true essence (lest you get called out for catfishing!) So what exactly can you do to get the perfect pic?

  • Don’t use group photos
  • Make sure you don’t use old photos
  • Demonstrate confidence
  • Ensure your appearance is well-groomed and well-dressed
  • Use a tripod instead of a handheld selfie
  • Use lighting to accentuate your features

A Basic Bio

After forming an initial impression, users will move on to your biography to learn more about you. No matter how impressive your profile photo is, dull and uninteresting profile descriptions will turn off many potential partners.


A profile description on a dating app is one of the most important aspects of a dating profile. It is what will make people swipe right or left, and it is the first thing that potential matches see when they look at your profile. The best way to write an exciting profile description on a dating app is, to be honest, and straightforward about who you are. Therefore, you should follow a few simple rules that will set you on the right path.

  • Make each character count: Some dating apps limit how many characters you can use. Therefore, you should make each count and be as concise as possible (while still retaining your personality.)
  • Avoid overused cliches: They’re boring, and no one wants to hear them. Instead of repeating the same old cliches repeatedly, just avoid them altogether. 
  • Honesty is the best policy: If you are looking for long-term love, you must be honest about who you are. People should love you for who you are, not what you think they want.
  • Avoid being crass: Rude behavior should be avoided at all costs. It’s off-putting and could even get you kicked off the platform.

You Don’t Know What You Want

The cardinal mistake of dating of any kind (online or otherwise) is not knowing what you are looking for. Most men tend to conflate sex and relationships, usually manifesting as rude or aggressive behavior. 


Take some time to carefully think about what you want to get out of a new relationship and what kind of partner you want. It is crucial to align hobbies as closely as possible while maintaining some mystery and difference that makes dating so exciting.

Most people find online dating difficult, but men tend to fall victim to their own mistakes more often than not. Your online dating journey should be more successful if you follow the tips in this post and maybe even discover your soulmate.

Felicia Wilson


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