Dating profiles, what they say and what they mean

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.

1. What you say: I’m just as comfortable in a little black dress (or tux) as I am in jeans and a T-shirt.

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 is 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.

2. What you say: 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 third morning.

3. What you say: 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…

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