His profile pictures had indeed been a young George Clooney - "I thought I'd get more interest that way! Meanwhile Henry, the handsome doctor who would have been perfect for Charlotte, was at home, wondering why his internet profile had garnered no interest.
These can be used by others as search criteria, so it's worth filling them in. Everyone understands, for example, that "A few extra pounds" means "Really quite fat".
Charlotte couldn't wait to meet her first internet date, Zack, a "comfortably well-off" 30-year-old "health professional". For example, about 80 per cent say they enjoy curling up on the sofa with a bottle of wine and a DVD as much as a night out. Above all, include a conversation starter, perhaps by being enigmatic: "I've learnt to never work with animals" for example.
His interests included sports cars and vintage champagne, he captained his own football team and was a young, 6ft 2in George Clooney lookalike to boot. You'll also need to write about who you're looking for. Everyone is in search of someone kind and "comfortable in their own skin". Here's a real example: "Must be comfortable in smart social situations.
He'd included no photo because he wanted someone who liked him for his character. So, if you're looking for true love, rather than "divorced and need help with the kids" or "I want babies and you'll do", it's important to create a good profile. But no matter how shy or unattractive you are, you must include one or no one will even look at your profile.
He'd included everything he liked - cinema, theatre, travel, country walks, going out as well as quiet evenings in - and made optimistic assertions such as "life's not a dress rehearsal". With an estimated 7.8 million British people logging on to dating sites last year (according to dating site uk), internet romance has become common and even socially acceptable, particularly for the over-thirties, whose pool of potential partners is becoming ever shallower.
So she was surprised when a short, tubby fortysomething turned up. If you like nightclubs, grungy pubs or 'chilling out' then you're not for me." The remainder of your profile will be tick-boxes about your income, age, body type and so on. Well actually it's Barry - Zack's my online 'handle'. Who cares if Mr Darcy singles you out because you've got great legs? Men might consider posing with a puppy or a piglet and should avoid the surprisingly popular "taken by themselves topless in the bathroom mirror" shot. Most cyber-Romeos and Juliets write guff that's true for everyone. Keep it upbeat: "I've been treated badly in the past" doesn't sound like a fun date.