What Your Profile May be Saying About You
In order to find suitable matches, you want your Dig profile to best represent who you are as a unique individual. That being said, even the most carefully curated profiles can be misread. Here are some ways your Dig profile may be sending out different signals than you intended.
You’re Profile Barely has Any Pictures
It’s understandable to be camera shy. Taking the perfect picture is, by all accounts, stressful. However, if your profile only has one or even two pictures, catfishing alarms will be set off.
To prove you are the same person in your profile and not bamboozling potential matches, display as many pictures of yourself as possible. Dig’s App allows for six pictures of yourself and six pictures of each one of your dogs.
Use current photos, taken within the year, that showcase your interests and authentic self. If you love the great outdoors, take an action shot while hiking. If you’re into art, pose in front of your favorite painting at a local museum. If you’re more of a Netflix and Chill kind of person, take a selfie of you and your pup on the couch, wearing matching pajamas.
Remember to show off your social life. Take a group picture with your human friends at brunch or snap a pic with all your dog friends at the dog park. Either way, it may help you get more matches.
A genuine smile can help you land a date. In a recent poll, 96% of dating app users showed preference to profiles where people were photographed with big smiles, rather than a “sexy pout.” Similarly, a study at the London School of Medicine discovered people tend to like profiles with photos of the users smiling widely.
Travel and Adventure Photos are Prominent on Your Profile
Photos exhibiting your wanderlust can make you all that more lust worthy to like minded individuals. Your travel and action photos indicate you are fun, free-spirited, and adventurous.
On the flipside, people who prefer staying indoors might find you intimidating.
Your Bio States Exactly What You’re Looking For
Being open and honest are important factors in any successful relationship. Stating exactly what you're looking for, whether it’s full on commitment or something more casual, helps filter out less compatible matches. Potential dates will appreciate your transparency and will make their own intentions clear.
That being said, don’t focus on superficial aspects. Limiting your preferences based on height or hair color can read as rude.
Dig’s app, also, allows users to indicate what type of dogs your precious pup prefers. If your furry friend doesn’t get along with dogs of a certain size, please say so, as it will prevent future conflicts.
Your Bio has Some Typos
Having grammar or spelling errors in your bio may cause other users to perceive you as rushed and careless. Poor grammar is a pet peeve to many and the use of slang may indicate immaturity.
A 2016 study, found 48% of the 9,000 singles polled would not continue a relationship with someone who had poor grammar. In the same poll, 72% stated they were “turned off” by spelling mistakes.
Before writing your Dig bio, be sure to know the difference between, “their dogs are good,” “they’re good dogs,” and “there are good dogs.”
You’re Too Aloof
Presenting yourself as emotionally unavailable on your profile can show arrogance and insensitivity. Social Psychologists Stephanie Spielmann and Geoff MacDonald held experiments that indicated dating app users, of all genders, were more inclined to choose an engaged, caring person over an aloof, yet highly attractive one.
So in order to connect with more matches, match your dog’s enthusiasm for daily walks.
Your Bio is Full of Clichés
If your bio says something along the lines of “live, laugh, love,” or “must love dogs,” your profile will not stand out. When fishing for love, you need a hook.
Forget clichés and focus on interesting aspects of your life. Maybe you lugged around a 500 page dog encyclopedia in the second grade and read it at recess instead of socializing with your peers (just me?). Let potential dates know. Your bio will act as an ice breaker and your matches will have a better grasp of who you are as a person.
Sarcasm is not necessarily something to avoid on dating apps. If you are a naturally sarcastic person, you should try to find someone who shares a similar sense of humor. But with great sarcasm comes great responsibility.
When utilizing sarcasm in your bio, tread lightly. Steer clear from subversive humor that borders on the offensive. Humor is subjective, but more often than not, you’ll come off as mean and ignorant even if your intention was just to make an ironic joke.
Instead, think of something witty that shows off your smarts and doesn’t alienate potential matches.
You talk about Your Dog but Not Yourself
Dig’s App is for dog lovers, so obviously you want to include information about your pup. Make sure to detail how you got them, their likes, dislikes, opinions on Cesar Millan- The Dog Whisperer, etc.
You want to be careful, however, of not focusing too heavily on your dog. If your profile is void of anything about yourself but lists Fido’s favorite musicals (Cats obviously didn’t make the cut), potential matches may hesitate before initiating contact. After all, they are attempting to date you, not your dog. Try a 50/50 approach when describing you and your pup in your bio.