Being successful in online dating
Use an outdated photo Anything over 12 months old needs updating.
The biggest reason first dates don't lead to second dates is "unmet expectations".
Mention your ex in your profile It suggests you're not ready for a new relationship.
If you're divorced/separated with children, use the drop-down menu to reveal that.
These photos create the most conversations because they break the ice.
Include your most sociable interests in your profile ..your solitary passions. For example, if you love film, mention the cinema, not the fact you recently lost an entire weekend to Netflix.
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.
Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently.
A lot of the outdated dating rules don’t apply, and sending the first message online is actively encouraged if you want to get your profile looked at.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.
But running, skiing, tennis, dancing and cycling were also rated highly.