The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Dating


The numbers don't lie. One in five adults in North America use online dating and and one in three married couples have found their better half online. But, online dating does come with its challenges. Lifestyle expert Andrea Bain introduced us to three singles looking for love online, and shared some of her best tips for finding a good match online. First, let's meet the singles...


We'll check in with the daters in a few weeks to see how they fared online. Here are some of the top tips Andrea gave them for developing their profiles.

The Do's

1. Do include an opening line on your profile. It doesn't have to reveal every aspect of who you are, but if you can include one line about your interests, it gives someone an opportunity to connect with you in a genuine way.

2. Do include at least one clear photo of your face. You don't need to include a clear body shot. Andrea thinks most people just want to get a hit of your energy and who you are, and a photo of your face reveals that. That said, the more photos you post, the better understanding someone can get of what you look like.

3. Do know what you're looking for. There are people online who are looking to hook up and others looking to date. If your opening image shows you doing handstands on the beach in a bikini, you're more likely to indicate you're looking for more of a hookup than if you were in a dress at a friend's holiday party. 

The Don'ts

1. Don't lead with a group shot. Don't make other online daters work to figure out what you even look like.

2. Don't include deep quotes. Show, don't tell. If you want to list a quote that showcases your personality, be picky about it. Sometimes a reference to Arrested Development will bring in someone better than quoting Celine Dion. It's hard to come off deep online. Let your flirting communicate it, not your initial profile page.

3. Don't start with a joke photo. Your name with an initial photo of a cat wearing a pirate hat doesn't convey that you have a sense of humour. It conveys that you feel self-conscious about even being online. If you're unsure, others will be unsure about reaching out to you. It’s fine to include one photo with some levity, but don’t lead with it.

Steven, Chris, Andrea Bain and our online daters