A good rule of thumb: if you aren’t available for a date within 7 days of sending the message, don’t send it.

NOT-SO-SMOOTH OPERATOR The scenario: “I recently received a message that said, ‘Damn you’re a pretty white girl, you into muscular black men?

By the time your date comes around, she’ll already have lost interest or have found someone more attentive.

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Women see men that try to show off too much as “players”.

If she’s looking to settle down, why would she want to date a player?

Before posting your online dating profile picture, think of the image you’re trying to portray yourself as.

This will help you determine what type of a photo to upload.

Still, navigating the world of online dating can definitely be tricky—what kind of message is clever, but not creepy?

What the hell are you supposed to say about yourself in your profile? [pagebreak] OUT-OF-TOWN AND OUT OF TOUCH The scenario: “A guy sent me a message saying that he wanted to meet up for a drink, but when I asked when he was free, he said he was ‘going out of town’ for the next two weeks and that we should schedule something after.” — Andrea, 31 The problem..the solution: If you tell a girl you’re “going out of town,” she’s going to assume you’re busy dating other women.

According to a recent survey done by Date Watchers.com, most people are starting to get comfortable with online dating.

However, some minor mistakes are still what keeps people from meeting the person they so badly deserve.

Once considered a creepy or nerdy way to meet people, the online dating industry is now worth more than £2bn and is no longer seen as an unacceptable way to find love.