If you’ve ever logged in to an online dating site, you’ve probably come across the profile of a laid-back guy looking for a girl who is outgoing, smart and funny. This guy likes to spend time with his friends and family. He’s always up for going out but also likes to stay in with a bottle of wine and a movie. His profile picture includes at least one animal or old person.
We know you’ve come across this perfectly inoffensive, but obscenely boring guy, because there’s not just one of them. Rather, there are thousands of men with nearly identical profiles on any given site–be it CasualKiss or Plenty Of Fish.
In response to the outpour of bland profiles, companies such as Max My Profile are popping up to provide some well-needed assistance. For 20 British pounds, Max My Profile will walk you through the process of writing about yourself with the use of a thought-provoking questionnaire and advice. ProfileHelper.com will write your profiles from scratch ($69.95) and Match.com even provides its own profile-polishing services ($39.99). The result? More profile views, at least according to this Max My Profile client. Check it out:
So what’s the downside to using one of these services? Some would argue that an enhanced profile lacks the honesty inherent in those that go untouched, since profiles showcase self-expression, at the very least. So much for reading between the lines!