There are red flags that are annoying, and red flags that are Molotov cocktails waiting to burn your life down. A beautiful and kind woman with an annoying laugh may be tough on a long car ride, but at least she thinks you’re funny. If you’re a sports junkie who has season tickets to the Celtics, do you want a woman who hates basketball and wants you home every night? Don't make the classic mistake of thinking, "She's beautiful. Dating is one of those things that we’re supposed to be good at with no practice and no detailed feedback. The easiest way to improve your dating skills is to take a female friend to lunch and talk her through your last date -- your clothes, your venue choice, your conversation, your end of date approach.
Relationship psychologist Honey Langcaster-James says: “Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence.” A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture.Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at Match.com, also suggests: “Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently.You look like a new user and people who might have missed you before are more likely to give you a second look.” A final thought from Honey: “Don't be tempted to airbrush your picture or present yourself looking too much better than you do in real life, and give group photos a miss to avoid confusion.” It might feel a little awkward, but dating expert Peter Spalton says it’s a great idea to ask a friend to cast a fresh eye over what you’ve written – and not just to check your spelling. Be sure YOU know the latest dating dos and don'ts.Back in the day — before women became more independent (thanks, women's rights movement! For the most part, dating was easier: A man courted a woman and both of them knew the end goal if courtship went well: marriage.