I’m sure many of us can admit to knowing what someone does for a living, where they went on their last five holidays, and the names of every member of their family including their dog before we’ve even met them.
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.
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.
A vague or half-finished profile – left that way out of shyness – can be misconstrued as suspicious.
Perhaps you’ve suffered some personal hardships in the past year too, and are looking for a morale boost to get 2017 off to a positive start.
With this in mind, here are five tools to help you approach the year ahead – and your partner search – with a healthy, happy state of mind.
Honestly, for your own self-respect, avoid digging through their Facebook page.
If your ideal first date is getting to know one another in a snug, independent coffee shop, but they suggest taking you to your first heavy metal gig, it’s worth trying to find a halfway ground.This one might sound obvious, but if you’re not enjoying the dating process for whatever reason, it’s not worth pursuing.Dating expert Jean Smith points out that many people get nowhere with online dating because they’re not in the right frame of mind for it.These range from people not looking like their profile pictures, to people turning out to be downright dangerous.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.Yes, it’s natural to be curious about who he or she was dating before you, but these conversations will happen organically in their own time.