When you enroll in an online dating site and fill out your profile, you have two main objectives: (1) tell people about yourself, and (2) tell people what you’re looking for. And although there are exceptions, most people are general when describing who they are and what they want, but very specific when it comes to making choices from all those drop-down menus.
People advertise broadly (e.g. “I’m looking for a nice guy.”) and search narrowly (e.g. straight,single men only, 5’10 or taller, college educated, with no kids, earning a minimum of $120K annually). And while this isn’t the best strategy for your online dating profile, it makes sense, right? It’s much easier to choose from a menu than to craft an essay that succinctly sums up the unique person you are and the unique person you want.
Of all the criteria on any online dating site, some are helpful, while others are less so. However, when it comes to filling out your own preferences, there are three criteria that are utterly useless
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