Internet dating hints
You can have matching profiles, get on like a house on fire over email, and then have zero chemistry in real life. “Online dating should be an enjoyable and fun experience.
Don't take it too seriously and prepare yourself to meet plenty of nice, friendly people who you absolutely don't fancy. Many people go on around 30 dates before they meet someone they really fall for online.
“We live in a soundbite society so the first 30 words of your profile really count,” says Peter.
“Try to avoid clichés in your profile because, let’s face it, everyone wants someone who's loyal and we all like walking on the beach at sunset.
Ask your friend to keep an eye out for overused phrases.” Honey adds: “It's a good idea to emphasise your activities as people tend to be attractive to those who convey health and vitality.” It’s true – two of the most commonly used words in profiles on Ok Cupid are yoga and (slightly more intimidatingly) surfing.
Relationship psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says: “Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence.” A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture.A lot of the outdated dating rules don’t apply, and sending the first message online is actively encouraged if you want to get your profile looked at. “Set aside an amount of time every day and write a handful of tailored introductory messages to new people,” he says.