Visualise a great date – one where the conversation flows easily – and hold on to the positive feelings that the thought encourages. Stand in front of the mirror, put your shoulders back, and say out loud ‘I can do this’.

While we all want to present the best version of ourselves, dressing in a way that feels unnatural is guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable and is likely to put a damper on your date.

Wear something that you’re comfortable in and that reflects the real you.’ ‘First date nerves are natural, but you can tackle them by employing a few confidence tricks.

No longer embarrassing or, God forbid, cringe-worthy, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love. There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there.

So, to make it a little less overwhelming, we’ve trawled the Internet for you and sought the advice of online dating expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams to find the 12 best online dating sites making the rounds.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.

It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.‘It’s always tempting to ‘accidentally’ check out a date’s social media accounts before meeting up.In fact, our research shows that over a third (38%) of us admit to a pre-date Google. In-depth social media stalking will make you form judgments before you’ve even sat down together so prioritise getting to know the real person, rather than their online persona.’ ‘A first date is your opportunity to get to know your date – and for them to get to know you.Make an effort to be engaged and present on your date and save checking your phone until they go to the bathroom!’ ‘Asking your date questions not only shows that you’re interested in what they have to say but it also allows you to get to know them, which is what a first date is all about! More intimate questions about your date’s hopes, dreams and passions will help you forge a closer connection – and it’s a lot more interesting than talking about the weather.’ ‘Nothing is as reassuring as a genuine smile.The two decided to meet "IRL" (in real life) days later. Traditionally known for reviewing products like household cleaners and washers and dryers, Consumer Reports surveyed nearly 10,000 subscribers in the fall of 2016 about online dating and then rated matchmaking sites based on their overall satisfaction.