(BPT) - A new year provides many new opportunities to live your best life. If you want to advance your career, expand your friendships and even find love, there's no better time to use technology to reach your goals in 2020 and beyond.
Research shows online networking and dating is incredibly effective. In fact, about 40% of American couples now meet online, according to Quartz. The first non-holiday Sunday in January is called Dating Sunday because it's the busiest day of the year for online dating. Over 18 million messages were sent on the Bumble dating app alone on Dating Sunday 2019.
Bumble is a unique app for dating, friendship and networking because it flips the traditional: Women always make the first move. They've built their platform around kindness, respect and equality, with zero tolerance for hate, aggression or bullying. Users can block and report anyone who makes them uncomfortable or anyone whose behavior goes against their guidelines.
"The first step in making meaningful connections through a dating app is having a great profile," says Clare O'Connor, Editorial Director at Bumble. "Whether you're new to online dating or your profile simply needs a refresh, a few simple things will help make it attractive while representing your true self."
O'Connor offers these simple tips for a great online dating profile:
1. Make your first photo stand out
Showing off your smile, your eyes and your whole face (without sunglasses or a filter) makes a positive first impression. Make sure it's only you in this first photo. It's great to include photos with your friends too, but you want your potential matches to know just who you are the first time they see you online.
2. Keep your highlight reel real
Your photos are all about showcasing slices of your actual life, especially the slices you’d like to share with someone. If you're adventurous, show that off by including that great pic of you rock climbing. If your dog is the center of your world, include a cute snap of you and the pup. If you adore cooking, an action shot in the kitchen is sure to get noticed.
3. Less is not more
Don’t leave your profile blank! This is the opportunity to showcase your personality and let your next potential match get to know a little bit about you. Everyone loves a funny, unique profile. Remember to keep it positive! For guys who are looking for a date, asking a question in your profile that a woman can answer as her first message to you is always a good idea.
4. Show off your most unique self
Give specific examples or anecdotes that show your matches what sets you apart. Lots of people are fun, outgoing, adventurous, love to travel or enjoy being active. If you like to cook, what’s your favorite dish to make? Have you been to a great concert recently? What’s your favorite local spot when you need to unwind?
5. Ask a trusted friend for advice
Your friends (both men and women) can help you see things you might miss. Ask them how they might describe you, or the things about you that stand out the most. Allow your closest confidantes to take a look at your camera roll and help select some great photos, too. They can provide good insight into what showcases your best features.
Once your new profile is ready to go, enjoy making new connections. When you find someone you'd like to get to know better, remember that video chat is the modern first date. You can chat, place voice calls and even schedule video chats within the Bumble app, so there's no need to exchange personal contact info right away. For more tips and to learn more, visit bumble.com.