"Online dating used to be a strictly matrimonial endeavor," says Spira.
So, assume that your interest hasn't had time to open your message.
"I equate online dating to looking for a job," says Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating.
"You'd want a rock star résumé for your perfect dream job, and you should feel the same way about your online dating profile." And the profile is just where it starts—we have plenty of expert tips, from sending the perfect first e-mail to picking your first date location.
Instead of saying that you like to cook (which plenty of people will do), describe in detail what your favorite meal to make is.
"It gives a richer picture of who you are," he adds.