Otherwise you’re just saying “I have no life.” The most private thing I’m willing to admit: Let’s be real: nobody’s admitting anything terribly private here. Coming up, I’ll tell you how to pick the profile pics that seal the deal and the most common mistakes people make when they’re sending that first message.

And if you have any questions or topics you’d like to see covered, feel free to hit up the comments.

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If you have an awesome job (and it better genuinely be awesome), brag a little bit. It’s important to not seem as though you read comics and science-fiction.

If you have trouble picking, A Game of Thrones and The Dark Knight are safe choices. Six things I can’t do without: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has been done. I was the first smart-ass to use it, so find something else. Pro tip: Things you leave off the list: your gaming console, your internet connection, your polyhedron dice and whatever MMORPG you’re playing.

The last thing you want to do is come across as though this is the only way you could find a date.

Maintaining an air of confidence and playfulness will take you a long way.

Learn how to look at the situation and known when it is wiser to let go and move on. There are cases where hopefulness and persistence can also help you handle rejection well.

You can always hope that there is someone out there better for you every time you get rejected for whatever reason the other party may give.

Regardless of which site you choose, men outnumber women by factors of 10 or more; it’s a buyer’s market for women, and frankly, they’re already being deluged with winks, pokes, flowers, smiles and incredibly douchey messages. If you want to go with Match, Chemistry, Geek2Geek, Amputeedate, what-have-you, that’s cool.

If you’re going to use an online dating site like I recommended, you need to have at least a vague idea of what you’re doing. Therefore I’ll be talking predominantly about OK Cupid’s profile set-up.

Try dating with a five-year-old or fourteen-year-old watching your every move.

Suddenly your romantic life is immersed in the morals, values, and integrity you’ve established for your children.

But handling it the correct way is a matter of developing the proper mindset.