There are plenty of fish in the sea ― and half of them write the same damn things in their dating app profiles.
Yes, it’s time-consuming to write a profile, but if you’re cribbing 80% of your description of yourself from what you’ve seen elsewhere, your matches are going to notice. Originality is sexy, yet played-out copy reigns supreme on Tinder, Bumble and the like. Below, we spotlight 18 types of profiles you’re bound to come across while dating online.
The Niece Guy
“The kid in the third pic is my niece.” Niece Guy (or Nephew Guy ― the kid’s gender doesn’t matter) wants you to know he has family-man values without family-man baggage. Yeah, the 3-year-old on top of his shoulders is cute and seems to like him. But God forbid you think he’s a single dad!
The CEO At Self-Employed
“CEO at self-employed”? You are 100% paying for dinner because this guy has not held down a job since 2011.
The Dog Guy
Dog is absolutely this guy’s co-pilot. The spiritual brother to Niece Guy, Dog Guy includes no less than three photos of his dog and, yes, “the pupper can come along if we hang out.” Dog Guy really, really hopes you like his husky because he spent $1,600 on her, and he’s really banking on this increasing his Hinge appeal since his DMs are drier than the Sahara.
Jim From “The Office”
It’s 2020 and some people still have “employed at Dunder Mifflin” on their profiles. When you get right down to it, he’s “just a Jim looking for his Pam”! Swipe right if your idea of a great date is The Cheesecake Factory and having so-so sex while “The Office” plays in the background.
The Five-Star Boy
”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” -my mom. Great job, Kyle, never seen that line before. Make no mistake: You will forever be second fiddle to Five-Star Boy’s mom.
No man is attached to this profile, just a disembodied set of abs. The ’90s had “The Body” ― supermodel Elle Macpherson― and Tinder has The Torso. Self-objectifying torso guys post a maximum of two photos and both are poorly lit views of their midsection. Honest to God, who’s swiping right on these guys? Girl, you’re in danger.
The “Swipe Left” Guy
Some versions of this are jokey, some are patronizingly serious. “Swipe left if you think pineapple belongs on pizza.” “Swipe left if you voted for Trump.” “Swipe left if you believe in astrology.” “Swipe left if all your photos are duck face.” “Swipe left if you are a sentient being.”
The “Add Me On Instagram” Guy
This guy is “never on this app” so be sure to add him on Instagram. (He really wants to get his follower count up to 3,000, thanks, lady!)
The Sarcastic Guy
Don’t let anyone tell you that Americans aren’t interested in learning another language besides English. If you’re on a dating app, you know that at least half of the male population is “fluent in sarcasm.”
Foreign guy in town from “February 18-February 23.” DTF? Catch him while you can.
The Reply Guy
On Twitter, a Reply Guy is someone who responds to tweets in an annoying or overly familiar way, completely unsolicited (nine times out of 10, he’s responding to tweets from women). On dating apps, a Reply Guy relentlessly badgers you once you’ve matched or responded to a message or two. “What are you doing this fine Saturday evening?” “Hello?” “Have I lost you? 😢” “I miss us.”
This guy just caught a grouper fish while shirtless on his uncle’s boat! So did a million other guys on Bumble. He may or may not have another photo where he’s wearing full camo in a casual, non-military setting.
In a play on catfishing ― the practice of using someone else’s photo to lure people in ― someone who hatfishes looks great on paper (err, screen) but weirdly, he’s wearing a hat in all of his photos. Underneath his many baseball caps, the hatfish is bald. Sadly, he did not get the memo that bald guys like Jason Statham (patron saint of bald men at this point, no?) and Stanley Tucci are totally hot.
Another play on catfishing, the kittenfish is much more sly in their con. Their photos are their own ... but they’re 10 years old or filtered to the heavens. The actual person is unrecognizable when you meet. (In fact, we know someone who FaceTimes before first dates to make sure matches aren’t kittenfishing.) Kittenfishing is clearly less egregious than catfishing, but it’s still shady.
Or cousin. Or distant relative. Or best guy friend. There is no dating app algorithm that filters out people uncomfortably close to you, so at some point while swiping, you’re probably going to be reaching for the brain bleach. Don’t swipe left until you’ve taken the obligatory screencaps, though. (You’ll need those when you make fun of your cousin next Christmas for writing, “I’m just a boy, standing in front of a bunch of people on an app, asking them to love me.”
The Empty Profile Guy
What is the strategy of the Empty Profile Guy? A firm belief that they’re so hot, people will swipe right under the sheer power of their hotness? If he puts zero effort into his profile, he’ll put zero effort into your date.
There’s no shortage of polyamorous couples scouring Tinder for unicorns (aka the mythical third person to turn them into a throuple for the night). “Hetero couple looking for a third,” the profile will read, with plenty of selfies and fun casual pics to confirm their coupledom. If you swipe right, you’ve taken their unicorn-hunting bait.
The (Almost) 6-Foot-Tall Man
Every single man on dating apps is “5′ 10, if that matters.”