Buzz Words: How to Decipher Top Online Dating Profile Phrases

As the world becomes ever more dependent on the World Wide Web, it's no surprise that online dating has exploded. When dating sites first began popping up, people were a bit suspect as to who or what they were going to get. But now millions of people are looking for love online, backed by legit dating services that have been in business for over a decade. Let's take a look at some common phrases that pop up over and over again in dating profiles and what they might say about the user.

"I can't believe I'm doing this."
Sure you can. If you didn't believe it, you wouldn't have done it. This might have been a feasible excuse back in 1996, but now it's outdated dating terminology. This may hint that user is insecure. He doesn't want people to think that he's the kind of guy who needs to use a dating service. There are literally millions of people who use online dating services, there's nothing to be ashamed of at this point. Besides what does it matter what other people think about you?

"Busy, but have time for the right person."
You may think you do, but you don't. People have needs and desires that can't possibly be scheduled into your Blackberry. This phrase should signal to you that this user has to much on her plate already, and is not really ready for a commitment.

"Love to laugh."
Who doesn't? Has anyone ever written "hate to laugh, laughter is revolting to me?" No, although that would be far more interesting of a personality trait. "Love to laugh" is a real generic statement that anyone can make and reveals nothing about a person's character. This phrase in a dating profile could mean he is afraid to open up and reveal real details about himself.

"Looking for my soul mate."
Aren't we all? This is another trite statement. However this signifies a needy person. Your first date instinct shouldn't be "I need to find my soul mate. Are you my soul mate?" This kind of pressure is sure to set up first date failure.

"I just want a nice guy."
No you don't. Nice guys are dull and boring. Ladies use this line all the time and never mean it. While sure you don't want a bad guy who is abusive, women do want a man who is passionate and driven by something. Nice guys are complacent pushovers - and nobody really wants to date a pushover.

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