101 online dating tips

On the other hand, be prepared to spend hours and hours learning how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Here’s a crash course on the dos and don'ts of cyberdating.

In a phone chat, you’ll get a better sense of whether your personalities click. Note: it’s a bad sign if, during his monologue about his golf swing, you’re checking your watch and praying that you lose your signal.

DON’T disclose where you live or for that matter, any personal information that could lead to your address, such as your home phone number, last name, or an email address that includes your last name.

Another issue with online dating is the awkwardness that comes with the territory.

While I won’t disagree with that, there is a way to power through this and STILL make it work for you.

We accepted a date with a guy whose headshot looked perfectly human, even normal. For instance: DON’T get taken in by corny, overused come-on lines like, “Looking to spoil the lady of my dreams with flowers and candlelit dinners.” And beware of perfect strangers who promise to “snuggle with you in front of the fireplace” and “enjoy sunset strolls on the beach.” These guys have one thing on their minds. It’s all too easy to scroll through Internet profiles, selecting the Brad Pitt look-alikes and bypassing the rest.

But the reason why some guys fudge facts is to make you feel that you’re a great match for each other.

So they’ll embellish a little – or a lot – because it’s not as easy to win someone over online (as opposed to doing it in person).

In the flesh, he could have passed for Dracula, with a mouthful of rotted, brown, pointy fangs. Remember, real men lose their hair and grow love handles, yet if you met them in person, you just might find them charming.

Besides, if you’re anything like us, you probably don’t look that much like Angelina.

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