STOP using sexy and provocative photos if you're searching for an online partner
Perfecting your dating app profile can be a minefield.
Have I put up the '˜right' picture? Should I include my age? Is it OK that I also own three cats? In today's world, getting it right is more important than ever.
New research conducted by mobile phone insurance providerÂ Better Buy InsuranceÂ has revealed thatÂ almost a third (32%) of people say they'dÂ avoid a profile of someone who is dressed provocatively or wearing only their underwear.
Elsewhere, it seems Brits aren't looking for hook-ups. A quarter of people (25%) said they actively avoid people looking for short-term relationships, compared to just 7% that say they avoid people who are looking for something more long-term.
The research also found that our gender has an impact on what we look for in a dating profile.
Almost half of women (44%) avoid a profile of someone dressed provocatively or in their underwear, compared to just 18% of men, while just under a third of women (31%) avoid people looking for short-term relationships, compared to less than a fifth of men (18%).
The survey also found the majority of single Brits are animal lovers '“ with only 8% of daters avoiding profiles of dog lovers and just 7% of people avoiding those of the feline persuasion.
Almost half of people surveyed (43%) also said they prefer a profile that includes a range of pictures.
Responding to Better Buy Insurance's findings, dating expert and founder of website Old Style Dating, Dennie Smith, said: 'This latest research really highlights the adage that first impressions count.
'A profile needs to be easy to read, well-structured and positive. Be honest about yourself and what you are looking for '“ you want someone to be attracted to the real you, not a '˜digital' version.'
SeniorÂ therapist and author Sally Baker added: 'This data has highlighted that in the modern dating worldÂ of apps,Â we are searching for authenticity.
'When looking for potential dates, we need a variety of images and honest information, which indicatesÂ that users of dating apps are far fromÂ naÃ¯ve and are guarded against being scammed or misled.'
Gary Beeston, Sales and Marketing Director at Better Buy Insurance, commented: 'We commissioned this research as there are so many different dating apps and stories that we hear around '˜catfishing' - and we wanted to find out what Brits using dating apps really thought about them.'
To read theÂ top tips on creating the '˜perfect' dating profile please visit:Â https://www.betterbuyinsurance.co.uk/blog/love-and-appiness-how-to-create-the-perfect-dating-profile/