Online Dating Etiquette 101: Have a Truthful Profile

It’s time for some lessons in etiquette, my geek friends!

Does anyone really know why anyone would need more than one fork?  My close friends and former roommates know that I am not a fan of doing the dishes, so the idea of multiple forks at the dinner table is just ludicrous when one fork will do.

For some folks, the world of online dating is just as full of mysteries.

How much is too much to reveal in a profile?  Is it “okay” to lie a little?  If someone doesn’t write you back, is it okay to write them again?  When’s the right time to propose a first date?  When’s the right time to propose?  (Eek! Ok, I probably won’t tackle that one!)  There are just so many questions that I know are out their burning in your minds, keeping you up at night.  This series will provide some answers.

Have a Truthful Profile

An upfront, honest profile is the best thing you can have as a person on the online dating market.   Sure, lots of other people lie.  But not you!  You are honest about your age, height, body type, marital status, and whether or not you have or want children.  Your username reflects something about your lifestyle or personality.  You toot your own horn without going overboard.

Seems like a tall order, doesn’t it?

It’s hard enough to write about yourself without having to meet all of those criteria!

But do you know what?  If you invest in your profile, you are investing in your love life.   You will get out of it what you put into it.  Being upfront and truthful from the start means that you won’t be wasting your time or the time of the lovely ladies of your city.

Let’s face it, everybody who has gone on a handful of dates that spawned online has had at least one experience that turned out horribly.  Maybe she used a picture of what she HOPES she’ll look like after she loses those fifty pounds she put on during college.   Or she forgot to mention that she’s really not technically divorced until her husband signs the papers.  Worse yet, maybe she claims to be a Star Wars fanatic but in reality can’t tell a Wookie from an Ewok.  (Blasphemy!)

You’d be pretty peeved if it happened to you – so don’t do it to the ladies!

These are all problems that can be avoided with a truthful profile.  Put it all out there.  Yes, you may have fewer dates for admitting you’re really 5’5″ or that you are balder than you were in ’97, but the dates you will get will be quality ones because everything is already on the table.

About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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