Just like meeting a stranger in real life, you have to stay safe when you’re online.Before giving away information such as job titles or personal details, think first about how those could be used to track you online.
It is also possible to search using your image online, so use a photo that doesn't appear anywhere else on the internet if you value your privacy.” Denise Knowles from says a good guide is remembering that the same rules apply both on and offline.
“Let a friend know where you’ll be and when, and arrange a time to text to let them know you’re OK,” she says.
A lot of the outdated dating rules don’t apply, and sending the first message online is actively encouraged if you want to get your profile looked at.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.
“It’s always obvious when someone is cutting and pasting the same general ‘hi’ message.
Keep it short and avoid heavy talk in those early messages.
We all have emotional baggage and now is not the time or place.” Sunday is the best time to get online.
Research shows that peak time for users on Tinder, Ok Cupid and Match are all on a Sunday afternoon, especially after 5pm.
Most experts recommend dedicating at least 30 minutes every evening to the process.
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.
Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently.