On the positive side, this means that it’s really not difficult to be better than most other people. Think of your profile as a CV for romance: the aim is to make enough of an impression on paper that you get invited to an interview (or, in this case, on a date).

You’ll usually be asked to give your first name or a nickname.

Clichés ‘Work hard, play harder.’ ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.’ ‘Insert witty profile here.’ Cringe.

Not forgetting the worst: ‘Looking for a partner in crime.’ Excuse me while I wipe the vomit off my phone screen.

In these profile examples we went on to and randomly selected a few online dating profiles to show some of the biggest mistakes people make when writing their own profiles.

We covered up their photos and names to protect their privacy, but their words are 100% real.

There’s also another reason this section is important to include: it gives people something to latch on to when they first message you.

As much as you’re trying to give a sense of who you are, you’re also offering up a ready-made ice-breaker, giving people the opportunity to say ‘I like horror films too,’ or ‘What’s the last sci-fi book you read? Literally everyone likes ‘food, fun and travel’ and you’re helping no one with the classic ‘I like going out and staying in.’ It’s more remarkable if you don’t like coffee and pizza than if you do, and I refuse to believe that anyone feels that passionately about the Oxford comma.

On mobile apps, emoji are often used as shorthand for hobbies.

If you’re wondering why so many Tinder users seem to be keen gardeners, know that the leaf emoji usually implies an interest in marijuana, not rhododendrons. What you’re looking for You don’t want to present a list of demands, but you do want to indicate what sort of person you’re hoping to meet and what sort of relationship you’re after.

Online dating is a minefield, and if you’ve using dating apps, you’ll know that writing a profile for yourself can be a daunting task.