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 Five best Valentine's Day events for couples https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-best-valentines-day-events-for-couples https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-best-valentines-day-events-for-couples If you want to woo your loved one this Valentine's Day, why not do something a little different? A nice dinner and a bunch of flowers hastily bought from Sainsbury's on the way home from work are a bit too standard if you want to keep the romance alive, so we've come up with five of the most fun Valentine's Day events in London to add a little bit of extra fun and spice to the big red day.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="https://thebookclub.eventcube.io/events/3111/erotic-cake-decoration-a-valentines-class-for-beginners">Erotic Baking</a> at The Book Club, Shoreditch</strong><br /> <br /> What do you get if you combine <em>The Great British Bake Off</em> with <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>? We can't quite imagine, but we think it would be something along the lines of this event. Professional bakers will give a masterclass in how to ice and decorate your sponges with the type of erotic imagery that would make Mary Berry blush. Prizes will be awarded for originality and the bar will be open throughout, should you need a bit of dutch courage to fuel your creativity.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating valentines day.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 422px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://jewishmuseum.org.uk/whats-on?item=669">Anti-Valentine Fright Night</a> at The Jewish Museum, Camden Town</strong><br /> <br /> If Valentine's Day is a little soppy for your taste, this event will be a very welcome alternative. The Jewish Museum is currently holding an exhibition all about blood, and guests are invited to explore it after dark, as well as building their own Bloody Mary's, getting involved in some creepily creative workshops and enjoying classic horror films scored live by a string quartet.<br /> <br /> <strong>Tales of Plague Valentine's Day Special</strong><br /> <br /> Valentine's Day probably can't get less romantic than this. Step back into the past with your guide Samuel Pepys, as he reads romantic extracts from his diary during the time of the plague. London still has much to show for its struggle with the plague, and this two hour walking tour will take you past plague pits, churches and ancient streets that are full of terrifying tales of struggle against the disease. The walk starts at 2pm, starting outside Tower Hill Station and should be booked in advance by emailing info@talesofplague.co.uk<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://pianoworks.bar/valentines-day/">A Night At The Movies</a> at The Piano Works, Clerkenwell</strong><br /> <br /> For four nights from 11th - 14th of February, The Piano Works is inviting you for a smooch in the back row of the movies. The live house band will be taking requests and playing your favourite songs from romantic films (<em>Wet Wet Wet</em>, anyone?). Costume is encouraged, so get your silver screen gladrags on and cuddle up to your loved one on the dancefloor.&nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.ovalspace.co.uk/events/view/oval-space-tremors-gin-juice-valentines-roller-disco1/"><br /> Gin &amp; Juice Valentine's Roller Disco</a> at Oval Space, Bethnal Green</strong><br /> <br /> Get your skates on this Valentine's Day for a session of romantic roller disco delight. Tickets will get you an hour's worth of skating time, plus all day entry to the venue, allowing you to continue getting down to the soundtrack even when your skates are off. Expect hip hop, house and disco from DJs including Gin &amp; Juice, Futureboogie and more.&nbsp;<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 /> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Why nude pics are an online dating no-no https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/why-nude-pics-are-an-online-dating-nono https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/why-nude-pics-are-an-online-dating-nono We're so used to sharing photos of ourselves, via social media and online dating sites, that going that one step further and sending a nude picture seems to be becoming, if not the norm, then at least more acceptable. However, whilst you might feel good about sending a picture of yourself in your birthday suit, or perhaps a particular part that rarely sees the light of day, it's very much worth considering the impact it's going to have on the person you're sending it to.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating laptop(2).jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;" /><br /> <br /> Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson recently revealed that she quit online dating after being sent a graphic image of a certain male part. She said: "I didn't know what it was for a minute, but then I haven't seen one for many years. Then I went 'Oh my God!' I was shocked and didn't know where to look.. It's the online dating equivalent of a flasher but apparently it's quite common. People say to me that's what they do nowadays. The picture definitely wasn't worth sending, but I can't get it out of my head. It's put me off that website but I'm still looking for love."<br /> <br /> Sherrie is making light of the situation but, for many, receiving an unsolicited nude picture can be at best off-putting and at worst quite traumatic. Just as you wouldn't expect someone to flash at you in the street (and indeed would probably call the police), you don't expect to find naked images turning up in your inbox, if you haven't asked for them. This isn't a problem on mysinglefriend.com as we carefully vet all pictures to make sure they're suitable, but there is no such safeguarding once you exchange phone numbers or email addresses, which is why we recommend sticking to messaging via the site for a while, until you feel happy to share your details.<br /> <br /> It's also worth considering the consequences of what might happen to any pictures that you send, even if they're asked for. Once you've pressed 'send' you have no idea where those pictures might end up, or who might see them. Remember that, unless you're sending them to a long term partner, you don't know this person, however hot they might be, and they could be merrily showing your naked bits to their mates or, worse, sharing them on the internet. We recommend saving the full, uninhibited glory of you in the buff until a more appropriate time.<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, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Featured Profile: Becca https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-becca https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-becca <strong><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating becca.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 312px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float:right" />Mysinglefriend.com</strong> is stuffed to the rafters will lovely people, and sometimes we like to pick out a particularly fine specimen of humanity and show them off to you. There are plenty of things that make a profile stand out, but what really makes or breaks a profile is how much someone's personality shines through. The easiest way to achieve this is to pick someone who knows you really well (and has a bit of a way with words) to describe you, and to make sure that you write plenty in return. A great example of this is the lovely <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqazazhsirfu/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>Becca</strong></a>, our Featured Profile this week. Her friend Emily had some nice things to say about her, and she also had plenty to say for herself.<br /> <br /> <strong>What Emily had to say about Becca...</strong><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">How to do her justice? Wow this is a lot of pressure!</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;">Becca quite simply is that person who lights up a room when she enters it. She's the embodiment of the world 'bubbly' and you can get lost in conversations with her that often take a ridiculous turn.</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;">Becca is one of the most loyal and genuine people I have ever come across and her generous nature has made me cry on more than one occasion. She truly is selfless and if you're lucky enough to call her friend she will do anything for you, including rap at your wedding...yes, that happened.</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;">It feels absurd having to write this, there's no need for me to try and sell her up, she quite simply is amazing! To add yet a further cliché she really is the most beautiful person inside and out.</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;">So good luck Becca! Does this count as your Christmas present for this year?<br /> <br /> <strong>What Becca had to say about herself...</strong></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Okay I hate this part but here goes, hi I'm Becca and I am very new to this so please be kind. How to describe myself? I like to think I'm funny and enjoyable to be around, but hey I could just be really bad at reading people.</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;">I live for my friends and family and get the most joy out of helping and pleasing the people I love. I'm well past the 'clubbing scene' and am most comfortable either in a cosy pub with a pint, stuffing my face in a restaurant or chilling at home with films.</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;">I love London and finding hidden places in town! I'm a bit of a history buff and anything remotely old gets my immediate interest.&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;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Aside from socialising I'm an avid reader and love music. Don't worry, I don't sing or play any instruments... I am shocking at both! Whether is be Oasis, Foos, Johnny Cash or Elvis, I love it all!</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;">The 1950s, the fashion and the music hold a special place in my heart. Perhaps disturbingly I also love horror films and have wasted a lot of hours on questionable titles.</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;">What do I want to gain from this? I really don't know, just hoping to get myself out there...Eeeeekkkkk.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you're sold on Becca you can <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqazazhsirfu/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>view her full profile</strong></a> and send her a message. If you fancy being our Featured Profile yourself, or you'd like to nominate a friend, drop us an email at <strong>admin@mysinglefriend.com</strong> and let us know.</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> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Five low pressure first date ideas https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-low-pressure-first-date-ideas https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-low-pressure-first-date-ideas First dates are generally nerve-wracking affairs and it can feel quite scary to have to pull out all the stops and be fun, interesting and hilarious when you find yourself in the company of a perfect stranger. Rather than going down the usual route of drinks or dinner, there are plenty of date ideas that can remove the intense pressure of having your first meeting across a table, with only your own conversational skills (which can really fall apart if you have an attack of nerves) standing between you and a dating disaster. Here are five ideas that will help that all-important first date go smoothly.<br /> <br /> <strong>A quick coffee</strong><br /> <br /> Grabbing a coffee on your lunch break or after work is a great way to suss someone out, without committing to a whole evening together. It's perfect because it allows you to escape after the amount of time it takes to drink a cappuccino if you really aren't feeling it, but allows you to suggest having another cup if there's a bit of a spark there. Knowing that the date will be quite brief will stop you feeling quite so nervous and a quick cup of coffee will feel a lot more casual, and less scary, than going out for a three course meal. Plus, there's no alcohol involved, which means that you won't start making bad booze-based decisions that you might end up regretting later.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating first dates(2).jpg" style="width: 640px; height: 425px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Pub quiz</strong><br /> <br /> If you really can't get through a first date without a tipple to take the edge off, make sure you've got something to do when you go to the pub, otherwise you'll find yourself nervously downing four pints before you know it. Pub quizzes provide a bit of welcome respite from the pressure of making conversation, whilst allowing you time between rounds to chat and get to know each other. Having something to talk about apart from each other can be a really good ice breaker.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bowling</strong><br /> <br /> Going bowling may seem like an irredeemably naff plan for a first date, but that's exactly why you need to embrace it. There's nothing more intimidating than having your first date somewhere very formal and bowling is the polar opposite of that. From the silly shoes to the pints of lager in plastic cups, bowling is all about having fun and it will quickly strip you of any ability to play it cool, simply because you'll be laughing so much. And you don't have to choose bowling either, any activity that gives you something to focus on, whilst having a total laugh, will do just as well.<br /> <br /> <strong>A gallery or museum</strong><br /> <br /> If you're a nervous dater, the idea of someone looking intently at you for hours on end can feel pretty terrifying, so why not give yourselves something to look at other than each other. If you live in a big city there will be loads of brilliant exhibitions to visit, but even if you live somewhere small, there's bound to be a funny old local museum to enjoy. A museum or gallery will give you something to talk about other than yourselves and you'll find that, once the ice is broken by talking about what you're seeing, you'll soon naturally start to talk about more personal things without even noticing.<br /> <br /> <strong>The cinema</strong><br /> <br /> Sitting in a dark room not talking to each other for two hours might seem like a bad idea when you're meant to be getting to know each other, but for very nervous daters, the cinema is a godsend. After an initial quick chat in the foyer the pressure is off for a bit, and then you've got the film to talk about when you go for a drink afterwards. As with visiting a gallery, you'll soon find that the chat naturally segues from the film to more general and personal aspects of your lives, and you'll soon forget your nervousness.<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> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The five most common lies told on dating profiles https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-most-common-lies-told-on-dating-profiles https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-most-common-lies-told-on-dating-profiles We all tell little white lies now and then and, for the most part, they're pretty harmless. It's easy to apply this to your dating profile as well as your day-to-day life, but dating is one situation where untruths will definitely catch up with you and they could hinder your chances of forming a relationship with someone that you really like. A study recently conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University found that 80% of online daters tell a bit of a fib on their profile, usually about physical appearance. We can understand the thinking behind this as adding a couple of inches to your height or losing a few pounds might make you seem better on paper, but the crucial thing to remember is that you'll be rumbled the moment your date sees you in real life. Here are five little white lies to look out for and five reasons why you should avoid doing the same on your own profile.<br /> <br /> <strong>Height</strong><br /> <br /> Both sexes lie about their height, but men are twice as likely to do so. The study measured participants in person and found that 50% of people lied about their height, with men "significantly more" likely to be generous with the extra inches. We can't blame you guys, as it's well known that taller men receive more attention, but you will be caught out, as your height isn't something that's easy to hide.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/online dating laptop.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 434px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Weight</strong><br /> <br /> People don't tell lies on their profiles because they're consciously out to hoodwink potential dates, but to make themselves look, and feel, more attractive. It's hard having to scrutinise yourself and there's a big temptation to fudge the truth a little in order to gloss over the parts of yourself that you believe might not be attractive to others. Weight is something that we're all incredibly conscious of when it comes to ourselves, but we are a lot more forgiving, or genuinely don't care, about other people's weight, so there's little point lying about it, especially when you'll be busted the instant you meet your date.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Physique</strong><br /> <br /> Similar to weight, you can't hide your physique, especially when things get a little more intimate and you can't conceal the truth beneath a bulky jumper or floaty dress. On mysinglefriend.com you'll find a drop down box that allows you to choose which build you think you are, and the selections are pretty forgiving, so just choose the one that's closest to the truth and don't hide how you really look. The same goes for photos: people really appreciate being able to get a real overview of how you look, so add a full length shot of yourself in amongst the close-up head shots.<br /> <br /> <strong>Age</strong><br /> <br /> A study by website BeautifulPeople.com found that nearly a third of men lied about their age, compared to only 17% of women, with the highest percentage varying it by a year or two. Age is a subject that's almost as sensitive as weight, so we understand why people do it, but, if you're looking for something serious, it's probably not worth it. The truth will have to revealed eventually and it won't make you look good.<br /> <br /> <strong>Job type and title</strong><br /> <br /> This is unlikely to be an outright lie as you aren't going to get very far on a date if you've claimed to be a brilliant mathemetician and then can't work out how much to tip on your date, it's more likely to be an imaginative interpretation of what you do to make it sound more interesting. However, for a relationship to thrive you both need to be attracted to who someone actually is, rather than a souped up version of the truth. Being truthful about who you are may feel a little scary, but it will get you much further in the long run.<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 /> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 How not to freak out if you're spending Valentine's single https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-not-to-freak-out-if-youre-spending-valentines-single https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-not-to-freak-out-if-youre-spending-valentines-single If you're single, Valentine's Day tends to loom on the horizon like an unwelcome and very black storm cloud, ready to rain all over your parade. It's like going home at Christmas and being grilled by your family about your single status, except on Valentine's Day it feels like the whole world is joining in. There'll be the inevitable questions about how many cards you got, the smug colleague receiving a giant bouquet of flowers from an admirer and all those happy couples smooching around the place. However, rather than worrying about your single status, why not make Valentine's Day work for you? Here are a few suggestions.<br /> <br /> <strong>Join mysinglefriend.com</strong><br /> <br /> Whether you get a date for Valentine's Day or not, indulging in a bit of online dating is very empowering. And you should look at it as a well-deserved treat rather than anything else; it certainly shouldn't be viewed as a desperate bid to find someone to spend Valentine's Day with. The run up to the big red day is usually touted as one of the best times to join an online dating site, but we'll let you in to a little secret: it's actually a few days after Valentine's Day that there is a big spike in activity probably due to single people feeling the need to find romance after having their faces rubbed in it by all the smug couples. Whatever the reason, it's good news for you, especially if you're already established on the site.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/red-love-heart-valentines.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Go on a singles date</strong><br /> <br /> If you and a few mates are single, take yourselves out on a singles date on Valentine's night. Get properly dressed up and go for dinner, or at least for a few drinks and make the most of your single status. No doubt there will be plenty of other single people out there doing the same thing. The worst thing you can do is stay in and get all Bridget Jones about it by eating a tub of ice cream and drinking alone. Your friends are there to support you, and vice versa, so why not celebrate your love for them this Valentine's Day?<br /> <br /> <strong>Remember that the grass is always greener</strong><br /> <br /> The other reason that going out with your mates might make you feel better is that there might be a bit of cold comfort in observing all the couples who are looking a teeny bit bored of having dinner together again, when they secretly wish they could join your fun and flirty table. It's important to remember that the grass is always greener and being in a relationship has its downsides just as much as being single does.<br /> <br /> We'll be back in the run up to Valentine's Day with some more tips on making the most of it when you're single. 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There are some very practical steps you can take to make a good first impression on someone, and it's really important that you do as research has shown that it only takes 12 minutes for someone to decide if they like you or not. Read on for our five top tips.<br /> <br /> <strong>Make eye contact</strong><br /> <br /> Sounds simple and obvious but some people are astoundingly bad at being able to look someone in the eye, especially if romance is potentially on the cards. Eye contact demonstrates sincerity and trustworthiness and shows you're interested in what the other person is saying, whereas staring fixedly over their shoulder or at your plate makes you look bored or possibly cross-eyed. If you struggle with eye contact then you need to get some practice in as it could really harm your dating chances.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/online dating couple(4).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Be upbeat</strong><br /> <br /> An upbeat and positive attitude works wonders, trust us. Some people appear to be under the impression that appearing cool or aloof is somehow hugely attractive, but it isn't. You go on a date to have fun and that's much more likely to happen if you approach it with a good attitude and a fun demeanour.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Look and listen</strong><br /> <br /> When you're on a date, really the only person you should be paying attention to is the person sitting in front of you (and the waiter, obvs. You don't want to go hungry). Look at them when they're talking to you and do not commit the cardinal sin of having your phone on the table, let alone checking it in front of them or playing Candy Crush Saga whilst you wait for the soup to arrive. Leave your phone in your bag or pocket and only check it if you absolutely must.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ask questions</strong><br /> <br /> Asking your date questions is a double whammy of first date excellence because it not only makes you look like an inquisitive and interested human being, but it also deflects the attention away from you if you're feeling a bit nervous. It doesn't matter what you ask them really (as long as it's not creepily personal), you just need to draw them out and find out what their passions and interests are. Once the conversation is rolling you'll feel more comfortable talking about yourself.<br /> <br /> <strong>Don't be shy with the compliments</strong><br /> <br /> Everyone loves a compliment, so don't be afraid to give a few to your date. Of course, don't go so overboard that you comes across like a loony, and make sure you stay very firmly away from anything that could be construed as creepy; simply make an appreciative comment about something you genuinely like about them, whether it's their shoes, their accent or their facial tattoo. Compliments help to break the ice and make people feel good, which in turn will lead to a successful date.&nbsp;<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> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 How to let someone down without the drama https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-to-let-someone-down-without-the-drama https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-to-let-someone-down-without-the-drama We recently featured a blog post giving advice on <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/handling-rejection-in-five-easy-steps"><strong>how to handle rejection</strong></a>, but things can be equally tricky if you're on the other end of the deal and you're the one doing the rejecting. If you're playing the online dating game well you should be dating lots of different people, and types of people that you wouldn't usually consider so, unless you're lucky enough to fall head over heels on your first date, there will come a time when it's your turn to say no. It's a scary thought, but you can let someone down gently and remain on good terms with them. Here are a few ways how.<br /> <br /> <strong>Be upfront</strong><br /> <br /> If you know there's no future in a relationship, tell the person sooner rather than later. The longer you leave something like this, the harder it gets and you don't want to end up married and mortgaged three years down the line just because you couldn't figure out how to tell them you weren't keen after the second date (and people really do get themselves into these crazy situations). If you don't tell them quickly you also run the risk of looking like you've been stringing them along, so matter how good your intentions, a situation you'll want to avoid.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/online dating(12).jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Be kind</strong><br /> <br /> It's important to be kind if you're saying no to someone during the online messaging phase, so you should definitely be kind if you're letting someone down after a few dates. Being rude or dismissive will only make them, and you, feel bad, so be nice about it. Tell them it's been great to meet them, but you don't think it's going to work out. Try to treat them as you would like to be treated in the same scenario.<br /> <br /> <strong>Soften the blow</strong><br /> <br /> We're not advocating telling barefaced lies, but you can fudge the truth a little to save someone's feelings. If you find them completely unattractive and there's not a snowball's chance in hell of things progressing any further, you really don't need to say that to them. Sticking with something generic like saying you just don't feel the spark will work well for both of you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Tell them face to face</strong><br /> <br /> Obviously you shouldn't do this if you haven't had a date yet - that would be mad - but you should tell them personally if you've met up a few times. It's common courtesy and will make them feel better than if you dump them by text or online. It's super important that you actually do tell them too: ignoring someone's messages or calls until they disappear from your life is the worst kind of behaviour. People need some kind of closure and leaving them hanging is both mean and cowardly.<br /> <br /> <strong>Unless...</strong><br /> <br /> If you're finding someone's behaviour upsetting or offensive then you absolutely reserve the right the block them or cut a date short. You should feel safe and comfortable both online and off and therefore if someone does anything that you don't like, then you can let them down as abruptly as you please. If someone does make you feel uncomfortable please get in touch with us 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> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Is wearable tech the next step in online dating? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/is-wearable-tech-the-next-step-in-online-dating https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/is-wearable-tech-the-next-step-in-online-dating The line between our real lives and our online lives is getting increasingly blurred and it seems that the advent of wearable technology is set to make the gap even smaller. You're probably familiar with wearable tech such as Fitbit, a device that is usually worn to track the wearer's steps, heart rate and calories. Fitbit and its counterparts were developed to help people keep on top if their fitness levels, but it seems that the technology could be used in other areas of our lives too.<br /> <br /> Koby Soto of Tel Aviv in Israel found a novel use for his Fitbit: to track the stress he felt after breaking up with his boyfriend. The night after his boyfriend dumped him, Soto checked his Fitbit app and found that his resting heart rate rose from its usual steady pace of 72 beats per minute to 88bpm whilst he was in the middle of the bad news call. It stayed high for the rest of the day and at one stage even went as high as 118bpm.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Fitibit_Flex.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 465px;" /><br /> <br /> In an interview with Buzzfeed, Soto explained how he was expecting to go out with his boyfriend but instead received a call: "He said that he was going to have to cancel, and I said 'Why?' and he said, 'Things are not working as they should'. I said "Are you serious? You're doing this over the phone?'"<br /> <br /> But it seems there was some cold comfort in the fact that his Fitbit had recorded the moment of his heart break."It felt like it's nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt. You can tell people you have heartbreak and you feel bad. People become less cynical once you show them the numbers or once you show the data or the graphs. Everyone understands heartbreak, right? Everyone's felt it. When you have this, it's interesting - you have something to show."<br /> <br /> However, it's predicted that it won't just be the bad bits of relationships than wearable technology will be able to track. Dating app Once is planning to integrate wearable devices into their app in the future, enabling you to measure your heartbeat as you look at a profile. They say that the point of the feature will be that 'if your heart races when we suggest can suggest people of similar physical and social attributes because your heart cannot lie'.<br /> <br /> We're not sure you can beat a proper face-to-face chat for finding out if you fancy someone or not, but it's certainly an interesting theory!<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 /> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Five reasons not to feel blue on Blue Monday https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-reasons-not-to-feel-blue-on-blue-monday https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-reasons-not-to-feel-blue-on-blue-monday So, apparently today is the most depressing day of the year, known as Blue Monday, due to a combination of bad weather, stress about post-Christmas finances and the long wait until summer finally appears. It appears that a large proportion of the UK public doing genuinely suffer from the January blues, with a survey by the Co-op finding that 26% of the British public say that this is the month when they feel most isolated. Another survey by LeoVegas has found that a massive 87% of the population feel that the weather has a direct influence on their mood, making gloomy and grey January one of the most difficult months to live through. However, Blue Monday doesn't have to be that bad - there are plenty of good things to get you through the day. Here are five of our favourites.<br /> <br /> <strong>The nights are drawing out</strong><br /> <br /> The sun is setting a whole 23 minutes later today than it did on the 1st of January, which is a not inconsiderable amount of extra daylight to enjoy. Obviously it doesn't help much if you're stuck in an office all day without much chance to enjoy it, but the lighter evenings are becoming more noticeable and the day will soon arrive when you step out into the street after a long day and the sun will still be shining.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/online daing rain.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Now is a great time to book a holiday</strong><br /> <br /> Due to the current strength of the pound, travel is currently cheap, so now is a great time to either jump on a plane for an immediate break or book something to look forward to in the future. You'll find some great deals around too as many travel agents and airlines have still got sales on.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>January is the top month for online dating</strong><br /> <br /> Yep, if you're feeling all lonely and cold during the cold winter evenings, you should get yourself online pronto. January is the busiest month of the year for online dating and the momentum continues until after Valentine's Day, with both sign ups and activity given a major boost by a big influx of lovely single people.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>If you're forced to stay in, there's plenty of quality viewing on offer</strong><br /> <br /> The nights might be cold and dark, but the glow of the TV screen will help to warm your cockles as there's so much good stuff on. There are still three weeks left of the epic and beautiful&nbsp;<em>War and Peace</em>, the gripping and stylish&nbsp;<em>Deutschland 83</em>&nbsp;is still on and there's a new series of&nbsp;<em>Call The Midwife</em>&nbsp;to look forward to. If you can make it out of the house you'll find a particularly rich bounty at the cinema too, thanks to Oscar season, with&nbsp;<em>Room</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Danish Girl</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Revenant</em>&nbsp;all currently showing.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>There's not actually that much science behind Blue Monday</strong><br /> <br /> Whilst it has taken on a life of its own, Blue Monday was actually invented in conjunction with the now defunct Sky Travel, in order to sell some holidays, so we probably don't really need to take all that much notice of it. Whilst it is cold and dark, and you probably are a bit poorer post-Christmas, there's actually an awful lot to look forward to. Happy Blue Monday to you all!<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> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The four types of profile photo that will get you a date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/the-four-types-of-profile-photo-that-will-get-you-a-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/the-four-types-of-profile-photo-that-will-get-you-a-date Photos are incredibly important when it comes to online dating, with research showing that profiles without pictures will receive nine times less communication than those that have at least one. Of course, your main profile picture is the most important one, but having a good selection of other pictures on your profile will help you grab the attention of a potential date much more easily. Here are the five types of photos that you need to give your profile the crucial boost it needs to stand out from the crowd.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>You doing something you love</strong><br /> <br /> Photos that demonstrate your passions in life really liven up a profile, so add some shots of you doing the things that you love. Pictures like this show potential dates that you live a full, fun and exciting life and might also demonstrate some interests that you have in common. They also make it easier for someone to strike up a conversation with you as there's a lot more mileage in a picture of you doing something interesting than there is five very similar shots of your face.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="online dating surfing" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/surfing.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>You in an exotic location</strong><br /> <br /> Travel pictures are always incredibly popular so make sure you include some shots taken on your last exotic adventure. Even if you aren't a seasoned traveller you no doubt go on holiday now and then, so even some pictures of you on the beach will be appreciated, especially if you're showing off a little bit of skin. Again, these pictures show that you have an interest in the world and are also great conversation starters.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="online dating beach" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/beach.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>You with your mates</strong><br /> <br /> A couple of selfies are fine (as long as they're good ones, try to avoid ones taken from below that show the dreaded double chin), but if all your pictures are of you on your own you run the risk of coming across like a bit of a Billy No Mates. Potential dates want to know that your capable of a) forming healthy relationships and b) having a good time, which is what pictures of you and your friends will demonstrate.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="online dating friends" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/friends.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 458px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>A full body shot</strong><br /> <br /> We don't encourage people to make judgements based entirely on what you look like, but it does help potential dates to get an idea of what you're like if they can see all of you. We're not talking a Playboy-style centrefold pose, by the way, just a normal candid shot that shows you in all your glory from head to toe (with your clothes on, please). 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