It can feel unnatural to analyse yourself and dissect your personality into bullet points for your online dating profile.
Many of us cringe at the thought of having to define our likes, dislikes and hobbies on paper, but the more information you give about yourself, the clearer a picture you paint for a potential match who comes across your profile.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve told friends to just tell the truth – pretending not to be too into someone so they’ll like you more rarely works out in the long run.
I’ll finish on a bit of a cliche – but it’s always worked for me: just relax and enjoy it.
It’s important you choose somewhere public for your first date, and as an extra precaution, make sure you let a friend or family member know you’re going on the date, and that you’ll contact them in however long if all goes well. You’re probably thinking about them intermittently throughout the day and it’s natural to want to let them know what you’re up to.
Honestly, for your own self-respect, avoid digging through their Facebook page.
A vague or half-finished profile – left that way out of shyness – can be misconstrued as suspicious.
If you’re unsure what to say about yourself, there’s no shame in asking a friend or family member to help you write it. Or your all-time favourite photo that was taken a good 10 years ago? If you don’t have a decent bank of recent-ish photos, it might be worth investing in a shoot with a professional like Saskia Nelson, who specialises in dating photos.
Not because they’ve told us in a message, but because we’ve found their relatively open Facebook profile and had a good look before the date.
But imagine the embarrassment if you let a nugget of information slip from all your hard detective work on the first date?