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First Impressions

What men really think of your online dating profile

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  • You say: I'm young for my age.

    He hears: I'm older than my profile says, but you won't date me if I tell you my real age.

    "It's a little 'thou doth protest too much,'" says Katz. "It comes off as defensive, insecure and trying too hard." Rather than worrying that your age doesn't accurately reflect you, use examples of activities or hobbies that illustrate your youthful side. You want someone whose lifestyle complements yours, not someone fixated on the birth date on your driver's license.

    You say: I'm independent/driven/ambitious.

    He hears: I work 60 hours a week, teach yoga on the side and am taking classes to learn seven different languages.

    Women tend to use words like "independent" and "ambitious" to prove they're not clingy and have their own interests. But our experts agreed that they make men wonder if you have room for them in your life. "The best profile indicates what the reader gets out of being with you," explains Katz. Give examples of trips you've taken or weekend activities you enjoy. These show him you have free time and that you use it to have fun. Online dater Eli suggests saying you're equally passionate about your career and maintaining relationships outside of work. "I think it's attractive that a woman has achieved professional success, but I want to know that she hasn't done it at the expense of her personal life."

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First Impressions
What men really think of your online dating profile
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