There are thousands of profiles on CatholicMatch, so depending on your search criteria, you’ve likely read hundreds of bios that range from serious to lighthearted, brief to extensive, vague to direct.
Each profile is a window into a member’s personality, style and heart. In the world of online dating, a bio is the equivalent of a first impression, which we all know is crucial in relationships and in life.
In my short time on CatholicMatch, it appears that many online daters negate the importance of their bio by failing to recognize blatant misspellings, incorrect word choices and other grammatical errors. More than missed commas, these profiles convey an unattractive level of apathy toward online dating or, at the very least, a questionable level of knowledge of the English language.
Mr. or Miss Grammar Abuser may present him or herself in these ways:
“I AM SO EXCITED TO BE ON CATHOLICMATCH, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET GREAT PEOPLE ON THIS SITE.”
Capitalization should only be used for proper nouns, the beginning of sentences and on the rare occasion, to show emphasis. Don’t make your words scream through the computer screen.
I’ve had so many great experiences in my life. Their to many to list. Your probably the same way.
There’s a difference between to and too, there and their and your and you’re. The online world often neglects these nuances, but it’s likely that other CatholicMatchers will not when they read your profile. If you’re unsure about these concepts, have a friend proof your profile or check out this list of common grammatical errors.
“My FaItH iS ReAlLy ImPoRtAnT tO mE, aNd I love BeInG aCtIVe In ThE cHuRcH aNd ExPlOrInG mY cAtHoLiC fAiTh.”
Chances are it was as difficult for you to read that sentence as it was for me to type it. Odd typing habits like this should have been abandoned in your pre-teen AOL instant messaging years not only because they appear immature, but because they’re difficult to read!
You’ve taken your dating life seriously enough to join CatholicMatch, so take your seventh-grade English teacher’s advice: Always proofread what you write. At the very least, use that handy tool known as spell-check and save us all the hassle of deciphering typos.
Don’t let a mistake-ridden profile stand between you and a potential match.
These are just a few of the common errors I’ve come across in my time on CatholicMatch, so chances are, you’ve also encountered many of these blunders. Does a grammatically incorrect profile affect your decision to contact or not contact a potential match?