MySingleFriend blog https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2016 Profile photos: can you have too many? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/profile-photos-can-you-have-too-many https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/profile-photos-can-you-have-too-many As we're all very well aware by now, photos are very important to online dating. It's to be expected that people will want to know what you look like before they meet you, and the better quality pictures you have, the more likely you are to have dates. In the age of the selfie, there's no excuse for not having a good picture of yourself, and you should have loads to choose from as we're all pretty snap happy now that we all have a camera on us pretty much the whole time. So, having pictures is important, but the question is: how many should you have for optimum dating success?<br /> <br /> <strong>One photo</strong><br /> <br /> One picture is the absolute bare minimum, as people will skate over your profile like an Olympic ice skater if you haven't got any. Some people go with one because they haven't got time to find more, or they don't think people will want to shuffle through loads of pictures, and they could be right as we tend to have pretty limited attention spans. However, if you're going to go with one photo you have to make absolutely sure it's the best one possible, otherwise it's hardly worth having.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating profile pictures.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Two to four photos</strong><br /> <br /> Having more pictures gives people a much better idea of what you're like. More than one shot can show how you look both close up and in full body shots, plus they can give someone a really good idea of what you spend your time doing, such as hanging out with friends, playing a sport or travelling, which helps support your written profile. However, you have to make sure that the pictures are all top quality as one dodgy photo of you not quite looking your best can change someone's mind about contacting you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Five plus photos</strong><br /> <br /> Some people love to see lots of photos as it allows them to see you from plenty of different angles and doing lots of different things; think of it as a form of full disclosure. It also demonstrates that you're a confident type with an open personality who isn't scared to share things with the world. However, you may not want to go too over the top as posting too many pictures of yourself can make you look a bit narcissistic, plus people might get a little bored after a while. If you do choose to put up lots of pictures, make sure they aren't too similar as no one wants to see 14 photos of you doing your best sexy pout, however great you think you look.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> How many pictures do you think it's best to have? Let us know at <strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong>!<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Date night idea: The Olympics! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-the-olympics https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-the-olympics The Olympics are in full swing and we are loving every moment, and are very excited by Team GB's steady march up the medal table. Now, unless you happen to have a lot of time, money and perhaps a private jet at your disposal, it's unlikely that you will actually be going on a date to the actual Olympics in Rio, but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of it on your date night with these highly entertaining ideas.<br /> <br /> <strong>Try an Olympic sport</strong><br /> <br /> We appreciate that the pommel horse or dressage isn't something you'll be able to turn your hand to for an evening, but there are plenty of Olympic sports that you can easily have a go at, such as tennis, badminton, cycling, golf, trampolining or swimming. Seeing as we're currently being blessed by some good weather, our current favourite idea is beach volleyball. Pack a picnic, a net and a ball and make a day of it at your nearest beach.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating olympics(1).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Watch on the big screen</strong><br /> <br /> If you'd rather watch the sport than do the sport, we recommend you go along to one of the big screens around the country that are pretty much constantly televising the best of the Olympics. As well as being able to enjoy a cinema-style experience in the great outdoors, you also get a much better atmosphere, as there will be hundreds of people applauding and whooping alongside you. If you can't get the outdoors experience, you'll definitely be able to find a big screen in a decent pub.<br /> <br /> <strong>Try some Brazilian food</strong><br /> <br /> We understand that not everyone is interested in the Olympics and would sooner chew their own arm off than sit through a session of interminable velodrome "action". If this is the case, you can still experience something else that Brazil has to offer: some incredibly cuisine. Fantastic Brazilian restaurants are easy to find in larger towns and cities throughout the UK, serving traditional dishes such as moqueca (a delicious fish stew), feijoada (a hearty stew of black beans and sausages) and brigadeiros (tasty chocolate truffles).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Do you have any Olympic dating ideas? Let us know at <strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com.</strong><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Five surprising things that can make you look unattractive https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-surprising-things-that-can-make-you-look-unattractive https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-surprising-things-that-can-make-you-look-unattractive When it comes to not looking sexy, it seems obvious to concentrate on the obvious visual side of things, such as greasy hair, dirty clothes and not smelling as fresh as a daisy. However, studies have shown that it is actually more likely that behaviours and habits are more unattractive to potential partners than the way you look. Here are five surprising ways that you might be accidentally harming your sex appeal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Not getting enough sleep</strong><br /> <br /> In a study from 2010, researchers asked people to look at photos of people who'd had a solid 8 hours of sleep and people who hadn't slept for 31 hours and asked them to rate their levels of attractiveness. The people who were sleep deprived were perceived as being less attractive, sadder and less healthy. There's a reason why it's called beauty sleep!<br /> <br /> <strong>Stress</strong><br /> <br /> Stress is bad for us in loads of ways, and it might also be harming our chances of finding a partner. A study conducted in 2013 found that women with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol were viewed by men as being less attractive. The researchers believe that this is because lower cortisol levels indicate health and fertility.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating man(1).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 463px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Looking too happy</strong><br /> <br /> It sounds a bit crazy, but a recent study found that women don't like guys who look too happy. Women were shown pictures of men and were asked to rate how attractive they found them and the results found that women rated men as most unattractive when they looked happy and most attractive when they looked proud.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dishonesty</strong><br /> <br /> We've always said that lying to impress a potential date is always a bad plan, and there is science to back this up. A 2006 study asked people to read blurbs about men and women, who were described as either dependent or independent. intelligent or unintelligent and honest or dishonest, and say how attractive they found them. The results found that honesty was the only trait to have an effect on how attractive they were.<br /> <br /> <b>Being mean</b><br /> <br /> We're all guilty of having a small mean streak, but taking it too far is a real turn off for your date. A Chinese study asked participants to look at photos of people displaying neutral expressions. Some of the pictures were accompanied by the words 'decent' and 'honest', others were accompanied by the words 'evil' and 'mean' and some had no words. The participants of the study rated people as less attractive when they were described as evil and mean.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Success story: James and Kath https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-james-and-kath https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-james-and-kath <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It's Friday and we're celebrating in style this week with another lovely success story! We always love to hear from our MSFers, whether you're letting us know you've let someone, want to tell us about a brilliant date, or have any quibbles or queries about the site, so keep those emails coming in. Our latest happy couple James and Kath dropped us a line to let us know about their upcoming wedding.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/kathandme.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 548px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>Here what James had to tell us about his MSF experience...</em><br /> <br /> "I always thought online dating was a great way to meet someone, My philosophy was that if a date didn't go well, it was onto the next. You have to be resilient and stay bouyant if dates don't go well. Try not to put too much pressure on meeting someone and go on as many as you can. I quicky learnt that my short messages (often three words long) weren't getting me anywhere so I tried to make my message titles as funny as I could. I like to think the title 'Marry Me' to Kath sealed the deal."<br /> <br /> <em>However, it almost didn't happen...</em><br /> <br /> "Kath had subtly tried to call off our first date saying she'd been travelling all day but I wasn't having any of it and persisted until she gave in. I arrived first and waited at the bar. I saw her peering at the sign outsode making sure it was the right place and recognised her instantly from her photos. We laughed a lot that first night and I remember being in a bit of a 'what the hell!' type mood and feeling fairly confident. I like to think we liked each other straight away."<br /> <br /> <em>And in the future?</em><br /> <br /> "We're living in Barcelona at the moment and getting married in October in a village about 50km outside. Not sure where we'll be living in a year's time but that's not unusual for us!"</span><br /> <br /> We'd like to wish James and Kath a lifetime of happy travels and adventures!&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you're part of an MSF success story, please drop us a line at&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">and let us know!</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 COMPETITION: Win a year's supply of gig tickets! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/competition-win-a-years-supply-of-gig-tickets https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/competition-win-a-years-supply-of-gig-tickets <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">There are are just a couple of weeks to go until the much anticipated release of the next instalment in the life of everyone's favourite office boss Mr David Brent. The new film, called&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">David Brent: Life on the Road</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">, follows David as he attempts to juggle his new job as a travelling salesman whilst pursuing his ultimate dream of being a rock star.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/DB Ad Unit TWIT CARD v2.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 280px;" /><br /> <br /> To celebrate the lead singer of Foregone Concusion (that's David, by the way) we're offering you the chance to win a year's supply of gig tickets!&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">All you have to do is send us a video explaining why you have got what it takes to date David (or as his wingman tell us why he'd be a great catch for any woman). You can find more details and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/datedavid" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>upload your video here</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 COMPETITION: David Brent is looking for love! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/competition-david-brent-is-looking-for-love https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/competition-david-brent-is-looking-for-love You've probably heard by now that everyone's (least) favourite boss and probably the most cringe-inducing man every to grace our television screens is about to make his big screen debut. Yes, Mr David Brent will be featuring in his very own film called <strong>David Brent: Life on the Road</strong>, which follows his attempts to juggle his job as a travelling salesman with his dream of being a rock star. However, there's something else missing from his life: the love of a good woman, as David so beautifully expresses in a timeless music video called 'Lady Gypsy' that you can check out by clicking the glorious picture below.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQD3EjukimI"><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/lady gypsy.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Can you help David in his search? We are running a fabulous competition for you to win 2 tickets to the film's premiere, as well as 5 star overnight accomodation in London and £250! If you think you've got what it takes to date David (or, as his mate, tell us why women should date David), tell us why in under 20 seconds by <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/datedavid"><strong>uploading your video here</strong></a>. Then share it with your friends and the video with the most votes by Sunday 2nd August will win!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/DB Ad Unit FACEB v1(2).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 700px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 6 signs of a super successful first date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/6-signs-of-a-super-successful-first-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/6-signs-of-a-super-successful-first-date <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Sometimes it can be tricky to know where you stand after a first date. It's a nerve wracking business and all those butterflies in your tummy will make it hard to know if your date was showing signs that there's a spark between you or if the interest they're showing is merely good old-fashioned politeness. However, there are some pretty obvious signals that should penetrate the mind of even the most nervous dater and give you a clue as to whether you should ask for a second date. Here are six to look out for.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It quickly felt easy</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Meeting a stranger for the first time is awkward, there's no doubt about it, but it's important to pay attention to how quickly you start to feel comfortable in your date's company. If you fall easily into an easy and fun conversation, then you're off to a good start, even if you're still feeling a touch of nerves. However, if you keep falling into awkward silences or you find yourself struggling for topics of conversation, it's probably a non-starter.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">You had things in common</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Having some things in common is the bedrock of any successful relationship, so establishing some shared interests or values early is a good indication that things might work out. It doesn't matter if you have opposing views on some things, or your date has some interests that you don't share, but agreeing about a few fundamental things will go a long way.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/couple(10).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 468px;" /></span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">You went beyond small talk</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Undoubtedly the date will start with small talk about jobs, homes and the latest episode of&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Strictly</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">, but if things get a little deeper than that then you've already made a connection. However, it's important not to confuse 'having a deep conversation' with 'listening to your date whine about their ex', so be aware for needy conversationalists.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Their phone stayed in their pocket</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">OK, so we're all addicted to our phones and even the most iron willed of us would struggle not to check it at least once during an evening out, but if it mainly stayed out of sight, then you're on to a winner. If your date is texting back and forth or checking Facebook during your date, they're not only lacking in manners but they're also not that interested in you, so, either way, it's best not to see them again.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">They refer to your MSF profile</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If someone is genuinely interested in you and not just looking for a casual hook up, they will have read your mysinglefriend.com profile carefully and retained some information about you. This also goes for the messages you exchanged online before you met up. Remembering little details shows that they have already invested something in you.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">They aren't in a hurry to leave</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If your date downs their drink and rushes off immediately, then you can be pretty sure you're never going to see them again. However, if one cup of coffee turns into two, or a quick drinks ends up being dinner, it's a very sure signal that they're having a great time with you and would be keen to see you again.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 5 fun things you can do for a fiver https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/5-fun-things-you-can-do-for-a-fiver https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/5-fun-things-you-can-do-for-a-fiver You'd be forgiven for thing that there's not much you can do with £5 in 2016, as everything nowadays seems to be so expensive. A £5 note will barely cover a pint of beer or a glass of wine in some parts of the country, and the best you'll get when it comes to a eating out is a couple of pasties from Gregg's. Entertainment? Forget it. A trip to the cinema is beyond the means of a measly fiver and the theatre would laugh in your face. However, if you look in the right places, there are some crafty ways to make the most of your five pounds, and some of them might even change your life!<br /> <br /> <strong>Have a cheeky bet with a friend</strong><br /> <br /> Whilst a fiver might not buy you much in real terms, it's still a decent enough amount to make a bet with a friend worthwhile, and it might just goad you into doing something you wouldn't usually. If your friend sees someone they fancy in a bar, bet them a fiver they won't go and chat them up, and they're bound to make the bet right back at you. Who knows who you might meet? Or you could just bet them that they won't do something utterly ridiculous, like dance on the table, just for the pleasure of laughing at them.<br /> <br /> <strong>Go to town on your coffee</strong><br /> <br /> If you drink coffee every day, you're probably quite careful about what you order for both financial and calorific reasons, perhaps sticking to a flat white, a latte or a plain old Americano. So why not spend a fiver one day going all out on the most exciting double-toffee-frappe-mochaccino with extra syrup, marshmallows and swizzly chocolate stick? You won't regret it, though your colleagues might when you're pinging round the office all morning, pumped up to the eyeballs on caffeine and sugar.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/23April.jpg" style="border: none; width: 650px; height: 724px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Have an indulgent night in for one</strong><br /> <br /> Entertainment for two for just a fiver can be difficult (though it depends what you're doing of course!) but you could use it to pamper yourself pretty successfully. Whether your idea of indulgence is some lovely bath salts, a nice big bar of chocolate or a film downloaded in full HD, you can easily cover it with five English pounds.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cross the Thames by cable car</strong><br /> <br /> Forget the tube, there's a new way to travel! You can take a stately journey across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line, a cable car that runs between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, providing you with some incredible views of London, as well as the thrill of dangling high above the river. It takes ten minutes to cross and costs £4.50, leaving you 50p to buy a bag of crisps for the journey.<br /> <br /> <strong>Join mysinglefriend.com for five days</strong><br /> <br /> Yes indeed, this April you can join MSF for five days and enjoy full unlimited messaging, for just £5, without no commitment to auto renewal. All you have to do is sign up to the site and before you know it you'll be messaging hotties left, right and centre and arranging some great dates. And we mean it when we say it could change your life - take a look at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;"><strong>some of our success stories</strong></a>!<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> <div class="socialRow" id="socialBlogFooter" style="margin-top: 30px;"> <div id="fb-root" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> &nbsp;</div> <div class="fb-share-button fb_iframe_widget" data-href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/5-things-you-can-do-for-a-fiver" data-layout="button" fb-iframe-plugin-query="app_id=602162329904660&amp;container_width=701&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mysinglefriend.com%2Fblog%2Ffeatures%2F5-things-you-can-do-for-a-fiver&amp;layout=button&amp;locale=en_GB&amp;sdk=joey" fb-xfbml-state="rendered" style="display: inline-block; position: relative; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <br /> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Date night idea: Let's get physical https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-lets-get-physical https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-lets-get-physical Yes, in the immortal words of Olivia Newton-John, sometimes there's nothing better on a date than getting physical, but you can get your minds out of the gutter please, because we're talking about actual sport. Or if not sport, then at least something that doesn't involve sitting at a table necking large quantities of booze and might raise your heart rate just a little. Variety is the spice of life, after all, so why not surprise your date by suggesting one of these fun, active dates?<br /> <br /> <strong>A bike ride</strong><br /> <br /> What could be more romantic than sweeping down sunny lanes or through a beautiful park on a bicycle? Not much, though we recommend you keep off main roads as much as possible, especially if you live in a big city, or your date could turn out to be a terrifying dice with death, and we always advocate wearing a helmet. Pack a picnic in your basket and head out somewhere beautiful.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dance lessons</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you're as lithe Anton Du Beke or as graceless Anne Widdecombe, there's a lot of fun to be had in taking dance lessons with your date. Apart from the fact that you'll be either able to hone your already impressive skills, or try to develop at least one right foot, it's an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with your partner and enjoy all that zinging chemistry.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/water-boat-lake-river.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 466px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Paintballing</strong><br /> <br /> Might sound like the least romantic thing on earth, but the thrill and fear of paintballing will get your heart racing and your senses revved up. Whether you play together and do a bit of team bonding, or choose to be on opposing sides and hunt each other down, this will truly be a date to remember. Plus, you'll get in some serious calorie burning exercise.<br /> <br /> <strong>Kayaking</strong><br /> <br /> Most parts of the country are near any area with a river or coastline where two person kayaks can be hired. It's a calm and serene way to spend your date (unless you end up in some rapids), as well as a great work out for the arms and shoulders. Plus, it might actually make you like each other more: a study of rowers from Oxford University found that members of the team who rowed together released twice the endorphins of those who rowed alone.<br /> <br /> <strong>Frisbee</strong><br /> <br /> If you really can't bear to exercise, then frisbee is the perfect cop out game. It mainly just involves standing in the same place (unless your opponent is terrible and keeps throwing it in the wrong direction) and is therefore perfect for a lazy, hazy day in the park with a few cold beers and a picnic.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 How to date in boiling hot weather https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/how-to-date-in-boiling-hot-weather https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/how-to-date-in-boiling-hot-weather For a nation that constantly monitors the sky for the tiniest bit of blue and loves to have barbecues at the most inappropriate moments (in the drizzle, in a howling gale, in a highly flammable tent), we are somehow still woefully unprepared for an actual heatwave. Whilst other countries deal with their hot weather by dressing in cool clothing and going about their business as usual, safe in the knowledge it will still be sunny on the weekend and they can go and relax by a pool, the British tend to either throw all their clothes off and sit in the punishing glare of the sun until they're burned to a crisp, or carrying on as they normally would and succumb to heatstroke after refusing to remove their duffel coat on the tube. And we're no better when it comes to dating: we will cram into a tiny, humid bar or shadeless beer garden and become sweaty, dehydrated and decidedly unsexy within about five minutes. But it doesn't have to be be this way - here are a few ideas for keeping your cool on even the hottest day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sit somewhere shady</strong><br /> <br /> This is very basic advice, but the amount of people who will sit in the sun until their skin literally starts to peel off is worrying. It's true that we don't get sun very often and people want to make the most of it, but getting sunburn is a) potentially dangerous and b) makes you look ridiculous. Rather than spending the evening getting progressively redder in the face and incoherent with sunstroke, meet your date in a shady spot and enjoy the heat without the pain.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/couple sun.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Picnic time!</strong><br /> <br /> Along with many other outdoor events, the British aren't brilliant at picnics. Sweaty sandwiches, warm wine and melted choc ices tend to be the norm, which is no fun for anyone. However, a little forward planning can make a picnic decidedly romantic and memorable. The most important thing to do is invest in a cool bag - you can pick one up in your local supermarket - and bring some food that travels well such as a simple salads sushi, bread, posh crisps, a cheese that benefits from being a bit melted and some booze that doesn't mind being a bit warm, like a nice bottle of red.<br /> <br /> <b>Make sure it goes swimmingly</b><br /> <br /> Everyone's immediate response to hot weather is to want to immerse themselves in a large body of cold water, and you shouldn't have to crush this compulsion just because you're going on a date. Apart from the fact that it quickly answers the "I wonder what they look like underneath their clothes?" question that we all ask ourselves, swimming together will be delightful on a hot day. It's also a great litmus test of your date's tastes: will they choose the posh lido where you can still sip some champers, the pond in the park and a couple of beers, or the beautiful river that takes an hour to find but is absolutely stunning?<br /> <br /> <strong>Stay indoors</strong><br /> <br /> Very hot weather is a bit like the music of Taylor Swift: fun when you imagine it, but spend too much time with it and you'll end up tired, irritable and desperate to get away from it. Rather than feeling obliged to make the most of it, why not do the opposite and just ignore it? If there is any indoor activity that you have previously avoided due to crowds, now is the time to do it, from a trip to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster, to that exhibition that's always crammed to that cool basement restaurant that you've wanted to try.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Any tips for enjoying the gorgeous weather? Drop us a line at <a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com"><strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> and let us know!<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 4 sneaky ways to tell if someone will be a great date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/4-sneaky-ways-to-tell-if-someone-will-be-a-great-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/4-sneaky-ways-to-tell-if-someone-will-be-a-great-date <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">When you're searching through dating profiles, there can be times when the sheer volume of potential dates can leave you feeling a little bit overwhelmed. There are only so many people you can favourite, and even less that you can message, if you want to have time to function in your every day life and stay in gainful employment, so it's good to know a few little tips and tricks that can help you sort the wheat from the chaff when you're looking for someone to go out with. Here are four questions to ask yourself whilst you're perusing the site.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">How much have they written?</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">You can always tell how committed someone is to having a good quality online dating experience by how much they've written in response to their friends description of them. A couple of sentences is fine, especially if it's a witty on liner, but if they've written just 'Thanks' or 'Message me' or something similar, they're not really giving enough away. A paragraph or two is the gold standard, but beware anyone who writes reams about themselves, because that might be their conversational style too.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/pexels-photo.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 466px;" /></span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">How much can I learn about them from their pictures?</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If someone only has one picture on their profile, it could be cause for a little concern as it either means that they can't be bothered to put up anymore, or it's the only picture of themselves that they've got, which is a bit of a worry in the era of wall to wall digital media. A good primary picture should clearly show what they look like, hopefully with a big smile, and secondary pics should show interests such as sport or travelling, as well as the all important pictures of them out with their mates. This shows they're a sociable and fun person, rather than a bit on the lonely side.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Do they want to learn more about me?</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">We're fans of cutting to the chase here at MSF, as too much time spent messaging can make a potential date go off the boil. 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