If you're looking for love, be sure to polish up your online dating profile today. According to Match.com, more singles than ever will log onto the site this weekend—or to be more exact, at 8:57 p.m. on Sunday, January 5. [Tweet this fact!] This is the single busiest time for online dating, when more users will sign on, flirt, and send messages than any other day of the year.
But your chances of finding a great guy won't end after the weekend: In the first week of 2014 alone, Match.com expects to have more than 2 million singles logging on at least 30 million times.
This is just part of the "peak season" for online dating, which falls between December 25 and February 14. During that time, Match.com typically sees a 25- to 30-percent increase in new members. With stats like these, your chances of kicking the year off with a date or two are looking pretty good! To increase your odds of a starting 2014 with a new beau, Match.com’s relationship expert, Whitney Casey, has some tips for making your profile stand out above the rest. Get ready for your inbox to explode.
1. Take advantage of the space. "It’s proven that singles who write something more meaty and meaningful in the 'about me' section (a little longer than the minimum word count) have the most amount of communication on the site," Casey says.
2. Specify. Avoid generalities like "I’m adventurous" or "I’m down to earth," which can mean different things to different people. Specify whether your version of adventure means walking a tightrope or trying out ethnic foods from all over the world, so the reader gets a more vivid picture of your personality.
3. Ask friends for help. Invite your girlfriends over to fine-tune your profile. "Don’t let them dictate your words verbatim, but ask them if your words represent exactly who you are," Casey advises. They can also help you choose a photo or take one on the spot.
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4. Be honest, yet modest. If you recently ran your best-ever marathon, feel free to include that achievement in your profile, but frame it in a modest way. "This doesn’t mean you have to downplay your top accomplishments, but leave out some details that may be better told in person," Casey says. So you might want to omit the fact that you PR’ed your last race, and bring it up for a little first-date banter over dinner instead.
5. Keep your profile a work-in-progress. The best way to stay at the top of the cue is to actively update your profile and change your photos often. [Tweet this tip!] Keeping current also allows other singles to have new things to chat with you about. If you’re dying to see that new movie coming out, say so—chances are someone out there wants to too!