Dating 101

Dating 101: Playing favourites

There are a variety of ways to show someone that you're interested in them on an online dating site. Some sites allow you to 'wink' at the object of your affection, while others allow you to 'star' them or 'add them as a favourite', which has given rise to a new, dreadful verb: to favourite. Winking, for me, is a cop-out. It doesn't say that you're flirtatious, it says — nay, SCREAMS — 'I'm not a paid subscriber and this is the only way I can register my interest in...
Dating 101

Location location location: How to pick a place for the perfect first date

Where you meet on a date can be quite a tricky decision. You don't know this person very well — you may not even have spoken on the phone — so you won't be quite sure of their taste. There's no duller a question than 'where do you like to go out?' on email or on the actual date, but sometimes it's good to get an idea of where these people socialise, as you can usually get a pretty good handle on what kind of person they are. Unless they're...
Good dates

The Lawyer

Stats: 31, 5"11", blond/ blue, Wales When: June 2010 Where: Bermondsey, SE1 Pre-date rating: 7/10 This Guy is my first blond date. It's not that I consciously choose dark-haired men, but they seem be the ones I've been attracted to so far. There is great excitement among a couple of my friends who have seen his picture. The messages we exchange differ from previous dates: his replies are formal and structured and without seeing his profession my lawyer friend guesses he's also a legal eagle. 'That's just how a lawyer...
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Dating 101: Introductory offer

One of the most harrowing parts of having an online dating profile seems to be the necessity to write about yourself. Countless singletons struggle with this, and, boy, does it show! There's only one simple rule to remember when writing the introductory paragraph of your profile: try not to sound like a dickhead. Judging by some of the woeful intros I've read over the last few months, it's much more difficult than it sounds. Here's a handy top 5 for ultimate 'God this guy/ girl sounds like a bellend' aversion:...
Bad dates

The Drunk Mexican

Stats: 5'10″, 32, black/brown, Mexico When: Saturday 31 July, 1pm and 10.30pm Where: South-east London Pre-date rating: 7/10 The dates are becoming more and more disillusioning as time goes on, to be honest. This one is a little different from the others, though. I meet him on a different site, one where you know less information about your potential date, but you talk through instant messenger, rather than emails. (Edit: Grindr – why am I so afraid to say Grindr?!) We seem to get on well, at first missing each other and...
Bad dates

The Show-off

Stats: 37, 6', brown/blue, Wales When: Tuesday 20 July 2010 Where: Shoreditch, E1 Pre-date rating: 9/10 I'm mixing things up a bit and logging the dates out of date order. This is because I might skip the boring ones and also, I wanted the horror of this one to be fresh in my mind. On paper, This Guy sounds great. He works in the City, so while he may not have the most interesting job in the world, at least he'll be solvent. Money's not important, but it's good to...
Good dates

The Newbie

Stats: 31, 6’1″, brown/blue, Durham When: June 2010 Where: South bank, London Pre-date rating: 6/10 Another day, another date. Being single is hard work. I'm drinking a ridiculous amount of alcohol on these dates, plus expending a great deal of energy exchanging emails in order to make myself seem attractive and 'dateable'. It's somewhat disheartening that I have made it to five dates without meeting my Prince Charming. Save for a few passionate yet confusing weeks with G2, the others have been dead-ends. I am at the cul de sac...
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How to be picture perfect

Pictures are quite important when it comes to online dating. Sure, your blurb helps get your personality across, but in the real world, what you look like is likely to make more of an instant impact.  So it's crucial that your photos make you look as all-out hot as possible. And if you can't rely on God-given beauty, your photos can at least present to your 'audience' what kind of person you are. Profile pictures can either be the catalyst for much excitement when you realise that somebody smoking hot...
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