Whether you're looking for regular dates or someone with whom to embark on a long-term relationship, using an online dating site can help you leverage the connectedness of the Web to find people you otherwise couldn't meet.
When you decide to take the plunge, set yourself up for something more rewarding than first dates that lead nowhere by taking the time to craft a profile that can attract the right attention.
Attractive people find confidence attractive, but if you sound like a self-impressed guy whose favorite word is "I," it's a turnoff.
As a good test of that clever online ID, imagine someone yelling it out across a crowded room.
If it would embarrass you to answer to it in public, try again.
Dating sites allow -- encourage -- you to upload many photos.
Take advantage of the opportunity to show your interests, your smile and your softer side, but don't use all 20-something photo options to avoid looking self-absorbed.
Skip the pictures of you and your friends unless you want to run the risk that potential dates find them more interesting than you.
Set aside the cute-baby shot of you and your nephew, too, as it raises questions instead of answering them.
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