Internet Dating Profile Guidelines
And not only when it comes to what you say and put in your own online dating profile, but also when it comes to responding to personal ads as well.
Also, when it comes to personal information - be general until you get to know your potential internet suitor. The last thing you want is a potential stalker, so DO NOT list where you work, your last name, telephone number or your address or the street you live on. If you are a teacher, just put down teacher. DO NOT put "I'm a teacher at (name of school). This holds true for ANY profession.
If there are several profiles you are responding to, create a template for yourself but include what drew you to their profile. Keep a track of the people you've contacted and if someone does not respond to you, move on!
Again, if someone asks for too much personal information from the start - hopefully a red flag will go up. Don't be too eager to answer someone's questions. Just like you're not going to ask too much from the start - right?
While you're at it, stay away from topics like your last failed relationship and how everyone dating online are "game players, liars, and cheats." While misery may love company, it only makes you sound a little bitter.
"Hi. You look hot. You look sexy." Okay, unless you are just looking for sex and person's ad states they only want sex with NSA (No Strings Attached), responding to an ad like this can easily be misread. Responding to someone's ad with a sexual overtone, can lead to trouble. It is important to know who you are speaking to. You would not have much success on a Christian dating site by breaking the ice with sexually charged greetings. Even on "Adult Content" sites you may want to be more creative - but not suggestive.
If someone sent you a novella in response to your dating profile, you might take offence - so sending out the history of the world written by you is not recommended.
And most of all - DO NOT use, "God, I hate online dating." If you are searching for a potential partner online - why would you say you hate what you are doing? Besides that, you are telling the potential suitor that you hate what THEY are doing as well. So, unless you WANT some to think you are stupid, desperate or a serial killer, it's best to stay away from that one.