"A handle (or username) is the name other members of the dating site will use as your "name".
On most dating sites, a handle cannot be used by two different members, thus making it a unique identifier.
In fact, 80% of our respondents would disapprove if someone turned up to a date looking different from their profile, so tempting as it might be to use an old photo, it will not help you in the long run.
Pick a recent photo (taken in the last year), for a good dating profile.
Elite Singles Partner Psychologist, Relationship Coach Sam Owen, explains that people can easily detect negativity online, ‘‘you will transfer your negativity to [others] and then they’ll associate you with that negativity, subconsciously and perhaps consciously.
This will result in them avoiding you, even if they don’t consciously recognise why they are.’’ It is worth bearing this in mind then, when writing about yourself - a good dating profile should be upbeat and fully completed with no empty spaces or one word answers.
This was followed by negativity (21%), insufficient description (20%), spelling or grammatical errors (17%), narcissism (10%) and clichés (8%).
While it can be tempting to embellish a profile with a few well-meant white lies, you'll only be doing yourself a disservice.
If you provide people with those cues they feel they can make more of an informed decision as to whether or not to pursue you.” A full length head and shoulders profile picture and ideally an action shot are a great way to add variety to your profile.
An image of you engaging in a sporting activity or hobby is an excellent icebreaker and likely to attract the attention of likeminded potential matches.
And where is the line between being flirty and attractive and being painfully forward?
Relationship Coach Sandy Weiner suggests, “If you work hard on improving your profile, you will be in the top 10 per cent of all people dating online.
You'll definitely stand out from the crowd.” In order to help you along we’ve teamed up with some real Elite Singles members to make a clear step-by-step guide to writing a good dating profile.