The 'more' option on the sexual preferences menu on OKCupid has asexual, demisexual, heteroflexible, homesexual, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning and sapiosexual - that's a pretty full menu. ● Tell someone where you are going or if you meet on arealkeeper.ie, use the register-a-date facility.
7 Avoid messy backgrounds, filters and photos with red eye - your eyes are the first place people are drawn to in your dating profile photo. But if you don't know your Tinders from your Bristlrs, it's hard to know where to start.
SOME STATS WORTH KNOWING ● Men who refer to women as 'women' not 'girls' or similar, have a 28pc higher chance of getting more messages from women. If travel is the main focus then there's a price to pay. Usually means 'I've been on too many dates and you aren't worth the price of an appetiser and a drink'. We asked dating guru Julie Spira to untangle the dating web.
But women who mention an interest in 'electronics' get more responses than mentioning children. Clearly means FWB (friends with benefits) or NSA (no strings attached). Someone cynical about online dating and apps: Just have some fun with niche dating apps like Bristlr (for women who fancy men with facial hair), Align (matched on astrology), or Gluten Free Singles.
● Women who change their profile picture regularly increase their chances of getting responses. This is what women say when they don't want to pay the bill, are recovering from a divorce, or are unemployed. Someone just looking for fun: Tinder started out with members looking to hook up but now say 80pc of members are looking for a meaningful relationship. Someone who wants companionship: Bumble has a BFF feature, Ok Cupid gives you a choice of New Friends, Casual Dating, Long-term Dating or Casual Sex.
They'll know what your best qualities are but also know when to rein you back if you start sounding narcissistic or conceited.
2 Avoid generic terms Instead of saying you're 'caring', say you volunteer at a local animal shelter (but only if you do! Make your hobbies specific and descriptive so you can find somebody who likes the same things as you.
Saskia's advice is: 1 Have a good quality main profile photo where you look natural, relaxed and very happy: as you'd look on a first date.
Don't use out-of-date photos - research shows the main reason people don't get second dates is down to 'un-met expectations'.
The exception to this rule is older people with families, you're four times more likely to attract dates if you include one photo of your kids.
6 At least one photo should include bright colour to stand out. Usually means they haven't got over their ex and could still be in love with them. FINDING THE MOST 'APP'EALING DATING TECHNOLOGY Cyberspace is full of apps and sites all promising love that's just a swipe or a click of the mouse away.
● Most women prefer the 'nice guy' type, while 34pc of men prefer the 'girl next door' look and 24pc prefer the 'hottie' look. AND WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN With 20 years in the dating business and a best-selling book, The Perils of Cyber Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online, Julie Spira (cyberdatingexpert.com) knows all there is to know about the language of love. Happn is a great app, because it matches you based on who you've crossed paths with.