Today’s rules are a little more user-friendly – but some of them may surprise you. Many profiles on dating websites start with statements like: “I’m no good at this kind of thing”. If you put yourself down, you won’t sound attractively self-effacing. The aim of the online dating game is to catch the eye of someone you have lots in common with.
You do this by being original and, above all, specific about your interests.
However, If you suggest less than dinner, that sends the clear message that you are auditioning him and you don't have time to share an entire meal with him.
If you are marriage minded, know that this will turn off monogamous men.
If you’re both adults, single and you use protection, it’s your choice – but if you’d rather not, that’s your choice too. Ignore those rules about waiting three days to get in touch.
If you like someone, you have nothing to lose by letting them know.
They’re looking for someone with brown eyes, short hair, between 5’10” and 6′, from north-east Birmingham, and so on. First, they make the writer sound like a control freak.
Second, they sound like an exact description of the writer’s ex.
If he asks you out for the weekend on Thursday or later, the ladylike thing to do is to schedule no more than Sunday brunch with him.
It’s very unusual for someone to find a good match in their first few attempts.
See it all as experience, not as proof that you’re a loser (or that everyone else is a loser).
Stay clear and focused, and never allow yourself to become sloppy or drunk.
Forget that stuff about playing hard to get, expecting the man to pay, and never having sex on a first date. “I cook a mean paella and I’ll always try to make you laugh” is good, but “I have a fantastic job and no-one can understand why I’m single” is not.