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They don't want to feel like an item on a supermarket shelf that you might simply pass by because it's not on your list.

Spurred on by the optimism that the New Year brings, 1 million Britons are expected to get online for a date today - the first day back in the office after the Christmas break.

This time last year saw a 94 per cent increase in people singing up compared to their daily average.'In my experience, selfies on dating sites either involve the guy snapping a quick picture of himself as he loads his profile (no effort made) or stripping off in a desperate attempt to show off his buff body while trying out a moody male model look (far too much effort made).

So here are some tips to help get that candid ‘looking away’ photo while avoiding looking like you are staring off into space.

1) Have someone else there (besides the photographer) that you are talking to or looking at.

If you have professional profile pictures taken, put up one or two photos where you aren’t looking right into the camera.

The difficulty with these types of photos is they can have a tendency to look posed or fake.

In the end the right person will accept you for who you are, baggage and all.'Profiles with 100 to 200 words received 10 per cent more messages, and users with positive identifiers such as confident and outgoing, received 23 per cent more incoming messages and 4 per cent more replies to their outgoing ones.

'It's encouraging when you see a profile where a man specified books, music and fitness as interests because it makes them appear well rounded,' says online dater Lauren Keith, who is currently dating someone she met on Plenty Of Fish.'It's off-putting when a man only seems interested in going out with his mates and getting drunk.

It's also far less intimate and attractive to use a group shot - always remember that the person viewing your profile will be trying to imagine themselves with you. It's the online equivalent of bringing your mates along on a first date.

Because people viewing your profile will be hoping to get a sense of your lifestyle - and how they can fit into it.

A hastily-written page full of abbreviations suggests you're not taking it seriously, or that it's something you flung up online while you were bored.