You need to be honest, but keep the big picture in mind. You know your good qualities, your bad qualities, and your quirky qualities. Stick to the good ones for now. The others will follow as your potential dates get to know you. You want to start a dialogue. No one would get anywhere if they just put everything out there from the beginning.
Never start a sentence with something like, “My ex-girlfriend…” No one needs to know at this early stage what baggage you may still be carting around with you. Hopefully you’ve tossed your baggage in a dumpster and are coming to online dating with as close to a fresh slate as possible. If not, maybe you should reconsider dating for now.
Avoid any sort of sexual innuendo
Don’t talk about how good you are in bed. Don’t talk about specific body parts that would normally remain unspoken of until a third date in the live dating world. This is neither the time nor the place.
Your bad habits
You may imagine someone will think it’s cute that you eat crackers in bed or haven’t bought new clothes in two years. And someone might. But if you want to play the numbers, you’re better off leaving the crackers for a later conversation.
How rich you are
Yes, we’re all looking for someone who’s financially secure. We don’t know anyone who would rather date someone poor than someone wealthy. It’s human nature not to want to worry about money. But, while it is a selling point, you’ve already stated your income range in one of the multiple-choice questions. If you start talking about money here, it will look like bragging. And if you start talking about all your houses and all your cars, you’ll seem materialistic. And you’ll attract people who are only after one thing-your money.
But don’t lie
If you haven’t played guitar since you were 12 and don’t remember any of the chords, your date isn’t going to think much of you when you start strumming away tunelessly.
Mention positive hobbies
Basically, any positive hobbies you have are worth mentioning. People love to have someone cook for them, think people who know wine are sophisticated, know that hikers and surfers are outdoorsy and at least somewhat athletic. You never want to talk about your career as a couch potato (unless it means you’re a TV critic). Talk about anything fun that keeps you busy, makes you happy, and makes your life worth living.