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Andrea McGinty
July 15, 2022

7 Worst Opening Lines for Your Online Dating Profile

Stupid Mistakes Smart Singles Make

 Does denying your age exude confidence in yourself? Nope.

While the singles I work with are incredibly intelligent, I’ve learned over time that they don’t realize certain words, phrases and photos should never be part of their online profile! In many cases blunders like these will actually reduce your chances of success. Here, my list of no-no opening lines from real online dating profiles!

1.  “I can’t believe I’m doing online dating.”  

Well you are, along with millions of others in the US. This line serves absolutely no purpose in a profile and will likely result in other singles reading it and rolling their eyes because they think, “Well, I am! What’s wrong with this?” Bottom line, saying you’re new at this does not make you look cool or like a catch — just arrogant.

2. “I want someone with no emotional baggage” or “I want someone who is emotionally available.”  

My first thought is that you must have been dating losers: why else would you have to note that you want someone who is emotionally ready?!  It also makes me think you’ve dated many high-maintenance people. Could you be high maintenance too? I also wonder if you might be an unrealistic self-help junkie. By the time we hit our forties and fifties, everyone has had relationships and life experience….and carries some kind of emotional baggage.  

3. “NASCAR to Opera. Burgers to Foie Gras.”

This is meant to sound clever and non judgmental but it reads as “I am desperate and malleable — I can be anything you want me to be…or I can readily slip into the Royal Family”.

4. “I’m an Aries and tend to be attracted to Virgo men…..”  

Ok, if your life is astrology and you write a national astrological column for mainstream media, sure, go for it. Otherwise, skip your sign. It’s meaningless to most people.

5. “I’m 48…but all my friends say I look 35.”  

You're 48!  Does denying your age exude confidence in yourself? Nope. This will be read as insecurity. Let the singles who view your profile make their own decisions about how great you look for your age.  

6. “I’m low maintenance.”

Ruh-roh. Red flags are waving like crazy here. Why was this an opening salvo? Over 25 years of coaching people with their online dating, I have found that this kind of statement generally signals the exact opposite — they are actually high maintenance — but trying to downplay it. My advice? Run. Delete. X out.

9. “I don’t own a TV.”

Ohhhhh-k. That’s your opening? Because you're too smart for a TV? You watch everything on YouTube? Or you only read Kafka and The Canterbury Tales with your beyond Mensa IQ? Identifying yourself by what you don’t like can be off-putting, and doesn’t tell potential dates anything about what you do like, or might have in common.



Andrea McGinty founded the iconic It’s Just Lunch dating service in 1991 — before internet dating! She then founded 33000Dates when she realized, again, the help singles needed navigating online dating. In the 2020’s, she is more than ever convinced the best way to meet people is through online dating, using a professional dating counselor/consultant. So many intelligent singles need help writing their dating profiles….and she does much more!

Andrea thinks she has the best job in the world and specializes in upscale singles in their thirties to seventies!  

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