As a single gal in Los Angeles who has been online dating for over 10 years, I have earned my stripes as a dating expert and a dating drama queen.I have experienced and survived all the dramas of online dating and still remain a hopeful romantic.Just like meeting a stranger in real life, you have to stay safe when you’re online.
Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently.
You look like a new user and people who might have missed you before are more likely to give you a second look.” A final thought from Honey: “Don't be tempted to airbrush your picture or present yourself looking too much better than you do in real life, and give group photos a miss to avoid confusion.” It might feel a little awkward, but dating expert Peter Spalton says it’s a great idea to ask a friend to cast a fresh eye over what you’ve written – and not just to check your spelling.
“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.
If teeth are important to you, ask for a smiling photo. I am always wary, because that tells me something about someone’s personality. I wasn’t too surprised when he smiled and had discolored and missing teeth.
If you are a sucker for pretty eyes, ask for a photo without sunglasses. I’m not judging, but it didn’t make me want to kiss him.If a person just got out of a 10-year marriage, he/she may not be looking for anything serious at this time.Whereas, if a person has been living single and playing the field for five years, he/she may be all-in for love.This is the big one, because depressing though it may be, your smiling face is the first thing on which people will judge you.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.Register with Meet Mindful for free today—the fastest growing dating site for conscious singles.