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Erika Ettin: How to stand out on the dating apps

Erika Ettin, Tribune News Service on

Published in Dating Advice

Boring: I get up early.

Unique: I compete in pun competitions around the country. It’s a thing, and it’s as amazing as it sounds!

Two truths and a lie

Boring: 1) I like dogs. 2) I prefer the beach to the mountains. 3) I’m right-handed.

Unique: 1) I sing the national anthem at sporting events. 2) I play the banjo. 3) I have metal in both my finger and foot.


My simple pleasures

Boring: Eating cereal for breakfast before work.

Unique: Watching "Jeopardy," doing the NYT crossword puzzle (nerd alert), saying sweet nothings to my dog, eating too much hummus, going to Trader Joe’s on a weekday.

All of this to say that, it’s now much easier to differentiate yourself on these apps, simply by not choosing the default. No more excuses — just dates.

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