Granted, a lot of online dating is scrolling through photos, immediately weeding out "not my type," "holding a baby" and "just a torso," but even if someone deems you attractive (ironic mustache and all), a travesty of a first message can ruin all chances of romance. Tons of folks are hooking up with future life partners (or dates or flings or accommodating couples) via the Web nowadays. And the place where that awkwardness has the most opportunity to shine is, undoubtedly, in your first message to a potential swain. And more importantly, can she get him to give his parents another chance?
AVALON HIGH Coronation Volume 1, The Merlin Prophecy Meg Cabot's magical Arthurian epic continues... Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least...she's an honor student, a star on the track team, and oh, yeah, dating the super-hot class president, Will."I hate Tinder/I don't know how to describe myself." Yeah, dating apps are weird. Hot tip: if you're 6" or taller, have a favourite book, or are based out of some sexy location like Berlin/Manhattan/Paris, tell us that. A profile pic featuring 4 people is almost always an instant swipe left: I can't tell which one you are.If you're a short, illiterate Nebraskan, stick with your ability to whip up a killer risotto. While you might be legitimately passionate about music (or nature, or food, for that matter) so are 90% of other humans. Also avoid: photos of your car unless you're in it; with an animal you've just killed; or an ex obviously cropped out. Maybe one of you in a suit, or with a pet (doesn't even have to be your pet.) "No drama: had enough of that with my ex." Nothing kills the mood like a diatribe thinly veiled as a bio.Editor's note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." When they're not trolling Brooklyn for new material, Ehrlich works as a senior writer at MTV, and Bartz is a news editor at Psychology Today. Your missive doesn't have to be Pulitzer-worthy, by any means -- although spell check really doesn't hurt -- but there's a whole passel of openers that will get you deleted from a digital dater's heart. Got a question about etiquette in the digital world? (CNN) -- If you're young, urban and didn't import a significant other from college, it's pretty likely that you're on an online dating site. Who also happens to be alleged reincarnation of King Arhtur.