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A Guide to Writing the Most Generic OkCupid Profile Ever

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If you’re a guy…

My Self- Summary

I hate writing these things/I suck at describing myself/I am not at all good at this but here goes nothing… I’m an easygoing guy. I love a challenge/adventure/good movie. My friends say I’m ________. I’ll let you judge that for yourself, though. [Insert emoticon of choice.]

You’re not going to get to know me from anything I write here because everyone lies/ doesn’t see themselves the way others do, so just message me and get to know me that way!

What I’m Doing With My Life

Living for the moment/I work in _______ and I’m very passionate about it/I’m taking one day at a time/I go to the gym daily/Working in ________ but considering going back to school for my Master’s/PhD

I’m Really Good At

Making people laugh/Cooking/Making the best of a situation

The First Thing People Usually Notice About Me

I guess you’d have to ask other people :P But seriously, my eyes/height/smile, probably.

Favorite books, movies, shows, music, food

  1. Catcher in the Rye. A Clockwork Orange. I don’t own a TV. Death From Above 1979. Vietnamese.
  2. Books – I haven’t read a book in years, LOL, too busy. Movies – Fight Club; The Hangover; Wedding Singer; Old School; Anchorman; Starksy and Hutch; Happy Gilmore; Stepbrothers; Big Daddy; Semi-pro; Wedding Crashers; Boondocks Saints; Big Lebowski. Shows – Family Guy; American Idol; Cash Cab; Wheel of Fortune. Music – Blink 182; Staind; Taking Back Sunday; The Frey; Mighty Mighty Bosstones; The Ataris; MXPX; Puddle of Mudd; Everclear; Beach Boys; Nickleback; Limp Bizkit; Busta Rhymez; Tone Loc; The Beatles; Jay Z; Kanye West; Snow Patrol. Food – Beer is my food, LOL.
  3. Lots of stuff. Message me and find out.

The six things I could never live without

A. I can live without pretty much everything

B. 1. Water

2. Air

3. Food

4. Shelter

5. Freedom

6. Love

C. My iPhone; my friends; girls with bangs; a sketchpad; a MetroCard; my dog Rufus

I spend a lot of time thinking about

The future

On a typical Friday night I am

It depends/I’m usually at home watching a movie/at a bar with friends/at home watching a movie or at a bar with friends, typically.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit

…that I’m on a dating site? LOL

You should message me if

You want to

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    • Aja

      You left out that everyone considers themselves “sarcastic”. EVERYONE.

      • Briana

        i don't consider myself sarcastic.





      • theehill

        I've noticed this A LOT lately and it's driving me nuts. Additionally, this means that everyone thinks they are funny in someway. They are not.

        • Aja

          It drives me nuts too. Anything which must be loudly declared doesn't have a stitch of truth behind it. Like girls who wear pants that say “hot” on the butt.

      • Nick vdK

        I love how many people declare themselves on OKC to be sarcastic or funny and then show zero evidence of either trait. Didn't they take a 7th grade writing class? Show don't tell, people.

    • Tom Smith

      Awesome article. Spot on. I think it was actually an article on TC saying “hey make your OKCupid profile more interesting, idiot” that spurred me to drop the generic bullshit and put in some jokes.

    • Harley Quinn

      sums up practically every profile of the 20something.

    • Andrew F.

      This definitely extends to pretty much every internet profile (myspace, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc), although I understand OkCupid is en vogue right now.

    • Jordan

      Haha I'm glad there was a female version here too, the whole 'i'm a girl but i can hang with the guys' thing is driving me nuts! Its a good quality but its just hilarious to see it over and over again

    • Kyle Angeletti

      painfully true.

    • MADMAX

      this is so spot on

    • MADMAX

      this is so spot on

    • Michael Koh

      Is it bad if I thought that this profile was intriguing to me?

    • Brian

      You might've forgotten a mention of whiskey, in either guys' or girls' profiles.

      And, as someone who sees all girl profiles, I have to say that your guy one fits a girl as much as it does a guy. Especially 'I hate writing these things/I suck at describing myself/I am not at all good at this but here goes nothing…” and “…that I’m on a dating site? LOL.”

      See that shit constantly.

      • Stephanie Georgopulos

        I think whiskey might be the universal namedrop.

        I had to rely on my male roommate and a cursory glance at 10-15 female profiles for the girl version, but yeah I've seen both of those phrases upwards of 100K times since I joined in '07.

    • Luke Bourassa

      I love when people write “Everything except country”. Seriously? Johnny Cash, at LEAST? Also, I doubt “everything” would include Acid Mother's Temple.

      • Stephanie Georgopulos

        Yeah like, ain't nothin wrong with a little Dolly. C'mon now.

      • To

        I like the Acid Mothers Temple shoutout.

    • shoehorn

      the profiles made me feel rage while reading, excellent job

    • Not On OkCupid

      Makes me want to sign up on OkCupid.

    • Brian McElmurry

      Tao Lin would say, 'Seems bleak.' I thought, “Jesus, I'm glad I'm not single.”

    • Bcoates

      1. Hey, I really like falafel.
      2. MXPX. Lol lol lol.

      • Stephanie Georgopulos

        i need the kind of girl that knows
        a girl that likes to wear my clothes
        someone who always buys me coke
        someone who laughs at all my jokes

    • yeko

      accidental cool guy smileys are my favorite thing ever. my bread butter milk & honey

    • Mark

      The use of capitalization, full words, and every third word not being misspelt makes these profiles anything but typical.

      • Stephanie Georgopulos

        Gotta draw the line somewhere … :)

    • Quinton Harris

      hahahahaa nice one on the *real* integrity and *strong* foundation…

    • Jonathan Manor

       This makes me want to listen to some Frey and Taking Back Sunday

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    • Roblee777

      I dont agree with your typical girl profile…which makes sense since you are a girl and have probably read way more guy profiles. Actually the typical guy profile that you described is closer to the actual typical girl profile…which is interesting.

    • LondonBrit

      “Kiss me, and just get it over with”


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