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7 dating profile lines — and what they actually mean
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7 dating profile lines — and what they actually mean

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People write all kinds of things in their profiles because it’s what they think others want to hear (Keyword: think). Let’s take a look at 7 of these generic lines and then define what they actually mean.

What your profile says:

‘I’m As comfortable in a dress (or tux) as I am in jeans.’

What you’re trying to say: I can be ready for any occasion so you don’t think I can’t be your date to something important to you.

What we know you really mean: Honestly, I’d rather be in my oversized sweatpants on the couch most nights (hello, this was 2020 standard attire anyway), but I don’t want you to think I’m a loser, so I’ll tell you I’m just as comfortable in a tux. The reality? I don’t think I’ve ever worn a tux, and if I have, I definitely didn’t tie my own bow tie.

‘I love to laugh and have fun.’

What you’re trying to say: I’m easy-going, light-hearted, and I won’t bring drama to the relationship.

What we know you really mean: I want you to think I’m normal and don’t freak out when I’m losing my “Bachelor” pool or cry when I burn my toast every other morning.

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‘I’m not looking for a hookup.’

What you’re trying to say: I want you to know I’m looking for something serious.

What we know you really mean: I got burned in the past many, many times. I’d actually be up for a casual relationship if we’re not the right fit for the long term, but I know that’s not what you want to hear, so I’ll go in the complete other direction even though I could (and should) just say nothing at all.

‘My friends tell me I’m smart, funny and attractive.’

What you’re trying to say: I’m a good friend, and the people in my life really like me … like really!

What we know you really mean: I think highly of myself, but rather than saying that, I’m going to use my “friends” as a buffer to look humble. Is it working yet?

‘I joined this site because a friend met someone on here.’

What you’re trying to say: I have friends, and we share things with each other.

What we know you really mean: I’m still scared of doing online dating, and I am honestly judging myself, but if I write this, it makes me look like I’m some kind of romantic optimist. Again, is it working yet?

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‘I work hard and play hard.’

What you’re trying to say: I do well financially, but I know when to take a step back.

What we know you really mean: I’m a workaholic, and when I come home from work (as in, get up from my desk and walk into the kitchen), I drink myself into oblivion. Maybe I’ll make time for you, too. Maybe not.

‘I take care of myself and want someone who does, too.’

What you’re trying to say: I want someone healthy.

What we know you really mean: I want someone hot and skinny/ripped.

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