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13 Short Dating Profile Examples (You Can Use On Any App)

Since you're looking for short dating profile examples, you've probably realized short definitely doesn’t = easier.

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Highlight a few attractive traits, build up some intrigue and attraction, make her want to swipe right or return your message… that’s a tall order for a small character count.

But if you want to meet the best matches in your area, that’s exactly what your profile needs to accomplish. Not sure how to do all that? Don't worry - VIDA Select's dating experts have you covered.

Our professional writers have been crafting dating profiles for clients since 2009, and you're about to benefit from all those years of experience. We've written thousands and thousands of profiles, and tested hundreds of approaches. The examples you're about to get are based on our data-backed best practices!

In short, we know what works and what doesn't when it comes to a successful dating profile.

These 13 short online dating profile examples will make you irresistible, and you can find one to use on any app or site!

All you have to do is customize them to make them your own. So let’s start with a question you’re probably asking yourself right now…

How To Describe Yourself On A Dating App

With such limited real estate, deciding which tidbits to include in your bio is difficult. 

Luckily, many popular dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Match let you display interest badges on your profile. If you’ve got a hobby you want to share with potential matches, but you ran out of bio space, see if you can find it in the menu of badges. 

Here’s a quick trick you can steal from our pro dating profile writers that will make it easier to decide which details you should include:

Jot down a list of hobbies you have, especially those you'd like to share with your ideal partner. 

Also write down the traits you possess that your perfect match is probably looking for in a man, and a few thoughts about what you love about your job.

For example, your profile writing cheat sheet may look like this:

Profile writing hack

If you're not sure how to make a dating profile, having that information visible in front of you makes the profile writing process a lot easier - and you can use it to customize one of these good profile examples!

Now take your list, and jot down specific examples related to your hobbies or interests. For instance, if “cooking” is on your list, add your favorite dish to make, who taught you to cook, what recipe you want to try next, etc.

Specific details make your profile seem more genuine, and that's important. A recent study revealed 84% of online daters want to see more authenticity.

Dr. Cortney Warren, a clinical psychologist who offered commentary on the results, said the majority of singles want honest, straight-forward information in profiles.

One of the most important findings in the study is that singles are not interested in seeing an idealized depiction of potential partners through edited photos and unrealistic positive self-descriptors.

The truth is, singles want more honest, authentic depictions of others and themselves on dating apps. A more realistic portrayal of each individual will not only be refreshing, but also lead to more meaningful connections.

Now that you know how to describe yourself in a dating app, let’s get to those profiles!

Super Short Dating Profile Examples

On some apps like The League, your dating profile bio has a 190-character limit. That means you’ve got a couple sentences max to make a good impression, which is crucial if you want a shot at meeting a potential match in person.

Super Short Profile Example #1:

Frequent flyer. Finance exec. Decent surfer.
What’s your story?

You don’t have enough space to tell, so you need to show why you’re a good catch. (Professional profile writers generally take this approach with an online dating profile of any length, by the way, since it makes your profile more attractive to daters.)

Super Short Profile Example #2:

Investor by day, sushi connoisseur by night. Message me, let’s talk.

Pick a few traits that illustrate to a potential partner why you’re a good catch, and roll with those.

Super Short Profile Example #3:

Marketer. 17+ countries. Yoga fan. 
Want in? Message me.

Occupation = financial stability

Active hobby = physically fit and adventurous

Travel = good times together… get the picture?

Super Short Profile Example #4:

My life, expressed in emoji: travel, surf, sushi, mountain bike. Your turn...

Emoji are a great space-saving option when you're trying to express a lot of ideas in a short amount of space.

Just don't use so many that it gets conceptually hard to follow. A few emoji go a long way.

Choose Words Women Connect With

Women resonate with some words more than others in a dating profile.

For instance, Wired magazine found these were the 7 most attractive active hobbies for guys:

  1. Surfing
  2. Yoga
  3. Skiing
  4. Golf
  5. Biking
  6. Hiking
  7. Running

If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, mention it - on Elite Singles, you'll get up to 73% more messages than the average user. No reason to think it wouldn't work the same way on any other dating app...

And, as it turns out, nice guys are back in fashion. Using these “power” words in your online dating profile get you more messages:

Examples of power words for a dating bio

Remember, the shorter your dating profile is, the more impact each word has. You need to make yourself sound like an intriguing person, not like every other guy out there:

Example of a bad short dating profile

Most dating app profiles display your first name. Don’t waste valuable real estate repeating it in your bio.

300 Character Or Less Online Dating Profile Examples

On CoffeeMeetsBagel, your profile is a little longer - but 276 characters max still isn’t much real estate.

Make every word count with a profile like...

Short Dating Profile Example #5:

I am... A CEO, fairly decent skier and able to order cocktails in 3 languages. My only weakness is chocolate cherry cheesecake, and I'm extremely judgmental... when it comes to french fries.

This bio hits a lot of high notes in a small amount of space, which makes it perfect for an app like Bumble.

Short Dating Profile Example #6:

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And you could use a profile like this for the “Self Summary” section of sites like OkCupid or Elite Singles...

Short Dating Profile Example #7:

Pros & Cons list for Tinder profile

You can also get creative in your dating app profile, as long as you make sure the humor lands.

Short Dating Profile Example #8:

"He's a beast... in the kitchen" - Food & Wine
"Our go-to guy for fashion advice" - GQ
"I wish he was my personal trainer" - The Hulk
"He's my hero" - every fireman ever
"I'm so glad she swiped right" - your mom

What else do you need to know?

Here's another funny short bio you can use for inspiration.

Short Dating Profile Example #9:

Did you know 96.3% of men on Bumble are below 5'3", between jobs and list their fave hobby as "binge-watching GoT"?

When you’re choosing a profile style, keep these 3 factors in mind:

  1. Your age
  2. The age of your “ideal partner”
  3. What type of relationship you’re seeking

A woman in her 20s who’s looking for a more casual relationship will likely respond better to the type of humor in the last online dating profile example than a woman in her late 30s looking for something serious would.

On the other hand, if you’re a 35+ guy looking for a serious relationship, choose a profile like the second example.

The more down-to-earth approach will attract women who are looking for an established, successful man. You want your profile to attract the right person, so it's worth being strategic about what tone you choose.

If you want to use one of these examples for a section of a longer online dating profile on a dating site like OkCupid, simply move the call-to-action to the end of your profile.

That’s the line at the very end that tells her what to do next, i.e. message you or swipe right.

Short Dating Profile Example #10:

Exploring the streets of Hong Kong at night. Hiking through the Andes in Peru. Touring the vineyards of France. 

Let's just say I don't spend a lot of time in front of the TV. I'm too busy hunting down my next adventure. Next up: kitesurfing. Care to join?

Asking a question, like in the examples above, is also a good CTA.

It takes all the pressure off her to decide what to say in her first message to you  - all she needs to do is simply answer the question, and you can take it from there.

Try it on an app like Bumble, where a man can't initiate the conversation with a woman.

Bonus Expert Dating Profile Tips:

A good online dating profile should make you look and sound like a great catch, but bragging about yourself isn’t hot. Instead, let another source do it for you. This technique is called “high warranting/low self-representation”, and it’s the most attractive way to approach dating profile writing.

For instance, rather than writing that you’re an awesome photographer, link your Instagram to Tinder or Bumble so she can draw that conclusion on her own.

500 Character Or Less Dating Profile Examples

This character limit is perfect for your Tinder profile, or on a dating site like or PlentyOfFish if you want to keep your bio short and sweet.

The same rules apply as in the other good dating profile examples for guys you've seen.

Highlight a couple of your most compelling traits...

Short Dating Profile Example #11:

Frequent flyer. Finance entrepreneur. Semi-unprofessional surfer.

By day I run my company. But when the laptop powers down, the suit comes off and it's time for some fun - whether we're hiking in the mountains, catching a live concert or stepping off the plane in Hawaii.

Keep the tone casual, engaging and positive…

Short Dating Profile Example #12:

Sure, I could be "that guy" and throw a bunch of nice adjectives at you... Adventurous. Smart. Generous. Then tell you about my love of sunsets, how I give back to my community and my incredible sense of humor. But let's be real...

Use humor in an attractive way...

Short Dating Profile Example #13:

When I'm not shoveling money into my vault, I'm wandering around my 3-story mansion, chasing my nephews and reading leather-bound books. Basically I'm Scrooge McDuck, minus the lisp & bifocals.

And get ready for more Tinder matches!

Why Short Dating Profiles Are Successful (When Done Right)

The longer your dating profile is, the more chances you have to inadvertently turn her off.

Here are 5 common profile mistakes guys make that *really* stand out in short dating profiles:

#1: Writing A Boring List

Example of a long, boring list in a dating profile.

Whether it’s a list of adjectives to describe yourself or your top 5 hobbies, reading a bunch of words separated by commas just isn’t very compelling.

#2: Using Bad Grammar/Spelling/Etc

Misspelled words and poor (or no) punctuation stand out like a sore thumb in short dating profiles.

Example of a bio with no punctuation.

You may think ignoring your phone’s spell check is no big deal, but it’s a turn off for her. A whopping 88% of women judge a potential date by their grammar, and putting effort into your dating profile shows you’re serious about meeting someone. That's dating advice you can't afford to ignore.

#3: Being Too Honest

While there are a few select spots where it’s okay to fudge a bit in your dating profile, honesty is generally the best policy.

But *too much* of it is a bad thing.

Anything that hints at past drama or throws up an immediate red flag should not be included in your profile. “Heavy” topics are best addressed in person, when you’ve already gotten to know each other a bit.

Don't include past drama or current struggles in your bio.

Letting your matches know you prioritize mental health is fine. In fact, 91% of Hinge users surveyed by the dating app said they would prefer to date someone who goes to therapy. Just make clear in your profile that you're in a good headspace for dating.

Knowing what you should - and shouldn't - include can be tricky, which is why many guys hire a profile writing service.

#4: Focusing On The Negative

Whether you're expounding on what you don't like, don't want, don't appreciate in a date, or hate about the dating app, what you probably are doing is turning her off.

Negativity, particularly coming from someone you don't know anything about yet, is not very attractive and has no place in your profile.

Don't sound negative in your bio.

#5: Making Her Think You're A "Project" 

Competition is already fierce on almost every online dating site, and most girls aren't consciously looking for a guy who needs a little fixing up or encouragement.

Don't make her think you need "fixing"

Even if you do need someone to draw you out of your shell or help you find love again, stick with mentioning positive attributes in your profile.

Get Ready For More Matches & Messages

These 13 short dating profile examples really work - you’ll be getting more matches and messages in no time.

But what if you could get even better results, without spending endless amounts of time swiping or struggling to write the perfect message?

After all, having an irresistible profile is just the beginning.

There’s a lot of competition for the highest quality matches, no matter what dating site or app you’re on. That means it's not just about your bio - you need to bring your A game to every aspect of online dating, from your profile photos to your messages.

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