If you are old enough to make a dating profile, you are probably also old enough to have already mastered spellcheck.
If you are old enough to make a dating profile, you hopefully are of the understanding that the use of OMG, LOL, LMAO, WTF, and other three and four-letter abbreviations make you look utterly ridiculous when used in your dating profile.
Yes, pictures matter. I’m all for witty profiles, and impeccable diction, but I’m not going to go out with you if you look like Joan Rivers.
On the other hand, even if you look like Sloan from the HBO show Entourage, but call yourself a “wrighter who wants to see if your compatible,” it brings up some cause for concern in my mind. For one, you have a lack of understanding of homophones… and you call yourself a writer. How is that going to manifest itself if we have some sort of “kemistree”? Are we going to have coherent text message conversations, or am I going to be inundated with “lol” responses when we fight via text over our Friday dinner spot?
Yes, it’s a dating profile, not a term paper. Still, your public dating profile is also a reflection of you. Make use of the auto correct feature on your phone, and the spellcheck feature on your “About Me” word document. You might be surprised at how many more people will end up messaging you.
I couldn’t agree more. This is going to make me sound old, but I used to have to cut and paste my dating profile from the web into Word to do the spell checking. It was definitely time well spent.
Today, most browsers have spell checkers built in. All you need to do is look for the annoying wavy lines underneath a word, and poof, you know you screwed up.
Ironically, I think it’s an AWESOME thing that dating sites don’t include spell checkers for their essay sections. It immediately separates some of the lower quality matches (either because of intelligence level or in terms of how important their profile is or isn’t to them).