When you go to a bookstore, would you rather buy the book with the line, "This book is about a woman's adventure and coming of age," or the one with the line, "Read a rare tale about a woman's 14-month trek through the Amazon to learn about love, hope, passion, and most importantly, herself"? I know which I'd buy, and I'd venture to say that you would, too.
On most of the dating sites, just a few words of your profile are shown. Someone needs to actively click on you to see the rest. For that reason, it's important to make the first sentence memorable in order to catch someone's attention and make him or her want to click in the first place.
Believe it or not, when perusing online dating profiles, people are often using the same criteria as those from the bookstore. I'm not saying that you have to include mystery, intrigue, and drama all within one sentence. (In fact, drama is usually something people do not want to see in an online dating profile!) What I am saying, though, is that you should consider the first line of your profile as a "hook." It should be something to draw people in. With so many people using online dating sites and so many profiles to weed through, it's best to take that one extra step to make sure you're catching someone's eye.
Below are some real examples from popular online dating sites of boring opening lines. And then I'll show a few examples that make the cut.
I sure hope you're single if you're using online dating!
I'd say most people would have made that assumption. La dee da.
This one is not only boring, but it's also negative.
This is the worst! Raise your hand if you don't enjoy life and like to have fun. I better not see any hands raised!
Ready for the examples of some great intros? Here we go.
Not only does this line show that the online dater is a teacher, but it also shows that she has a sense of humor. Well done. She gets an A+.
He's able to make fun of himself. Many people see this as a very attractive quality in a partner since he doesn't take himself too seriously.
She sounds like fun. Heck – I want to get to know her!
This is hysterical. Not only is it a commentary on dating, but it also shares what she does for a living and shows that she has a clever sense of humor.