But please, ensure that you’re of the same ballpark age, weight and have the roughly the same amount of teeth as in your picture.
And, in ensuring your features are clearly visible, you’ll also eliminate the suspicion that, for example, you may be missing an eye or have a mole the size of a satsuma on your chin.
But if you do happen to be of just such a monocular construction or host an unexpected dermatological decoration, it’s no problem whatsoever unless you actively hide it.
In short, photographic honesty is always the best policy.
Once you’ve carefully selected your photos, it’s time to knuckle down to the sales pitch.
When writing an online profile, length is always something to bear in mind.
Too short a profile and you could appear lazy, lifeless or lacklustre.
Too long, and you could come across as self-obsessed or pseudo-psychotic.
Of all the profiles I’ve seen the ones that make the best impression are long enough to prove the person has interests, passions, life experiences and something about their personality to pique my curiosity, but they’re not so long that I’ve dozed off and dribbled on my keyboard. Once you’ve carefully selected the choice titbits you’d like to use as bait for your prospective dates, you’ll also need to specify who it is you’re looking to meet, which usually involves setting certain parameters, such as age and height range.
And when defining interests, it takes a little more effort than listing ‘sport, film, music and travel’ – I challenge anyone to not like a single sport, film, song or holiday destination. Don’t keep this too broad – you may seem rather desperate if you say you’re looking for someone between the ages of 18 and 80; show a little selectiveness lest you’re damned for using too wide a net to catch too many fish.
Conversely, if you’re really fussy about such strictures, I’d suggest you’re a little more generous on limiting factors, because you’d be kicking yourself if you’d ruled out your perfect match just because they’re a year older or an inch shorter than you’d predetermined.
So you’ve taken the plunge and signed your single life away to an online dating site. In the virtual world, your dating profile is your shop front, and you want the lad or lass of your dreams to be lured inside by your unique metaphorical objets d’arts.
With any luck they’ll leave praising your customer service, taking with them your phone number and the prospect of a real-life date.
But you’re not a boutique on Portobello Road, you’re a human being, so I’ll dispense with the hogwash allegories and get down to the nitty gritty.