And even though procreation is off the table, I picked up clear signals from the women I met online that the meter is running, so it’s best to get on with things.Most wanted to push past the introductory emails and calls to schedule a get-together ASAP.

And guys, before sending a message with even a hint of sexual innuendo, think about what your mother would say, then remember that many of these women mothers, for that matter.

This applies to women in particular, but not exclusively.

Don’t claim to be a gourmet cook when you can barely boil water.

Don’t portray yourself as someone you’re not, because sooner or later your date will get a peek behind the curtain. If the good vibes are mutual, you’ll be scheduling another get together soon, anyway. Many among us have a hardwired set of beliefs regarding how we appear to the outside world and what our ideal mate should look like, and we are disinclined to stray from our preconceived notions.

Since pictures are so important to your online profile, here are a few tips: Your profile needs at least one picture to get you in the game.

You may be brilliant, handsome, wealthy and a great humanitarian, but you’re a non-starter without the visuals.

A common gripe shared by many women I met concerned the fellow who arrived at the meetup bearing little resemblance to the guy in the profile.

This advice applies to both sexes: Don’t post pictures of yourself from 10 years and/or 40 lbs. Don’t rave about your intense exercise regimen when you’re really a couch potato.

Internet dating puts all options on the table, and a growing number of sites cater to the more mature singles crowd.