That said, the world of online dating can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before, so here are our top tips for making the most of your dating profile and spotting a great potential partner. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.

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‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’ Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.

Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?

These three examples reflect the more common online dating personalities: the thoughtful romantic, the witty comedian and the spontaneous adventurer.

While each of the sample profiles below is specific to a gender, the elements of each profile remain the same regardless of whether the user is male or female.

He and my grandmother were married for over 60 years until he died, and he always said she was the most precious and important part of his life.

The way he treated her – with respect, kindness and gratitude – has really shaped the way I conduct myself in all my relationships – particularly with women.

Looking better in the flesh is better than the reverse.

‘You wouldn’t introduce yourself to someone in a bar with your entire life history, so don’t do it online,’ says match.com‘s Kate.

In this fast-paced, social media-dependent world, we rely on the Internet for everything – from keeping in touch with old school friends and career networking to ordering takeaways and finding a cat-sitter for that weekend away.

So it only seems logical you would use the good old Internet for finding that special someone, too.

I try to always think of that quote by the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible.