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Straight-talking love advice from Dr Marcel

Straight-talking love advice from Dr Marcel

Straight-talking love advice from Dr Marcel

STILL 2 - final.jpgOnline dating can be a minefield, that’s why we’ve launched the Plusnet Valentine’s Hotline. Marcel has been on hand offering tips on everything from creating the ultimate dating profile to the most no-nonsense chat-up lines to secure a hot date. The expert in love will also be answering more dating dilemmas via our Twitter channel on the 14th February, so make sure you keep an eye on our handle for more dating advice @plusnet.

The hotline launched after our research* showed modern dating can cause quite a headache for us Brits with 64% of people we polled admitting to spending up to an hour per day scrolling or swiping for love online. It also revealed the secrets on online dating and the biggest turn-offs.

Dr Marcel Somerville commented: “With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the ultimate time of year when we start to think about our love lives. Plusnet’s research proves that it’s not always easy to find your 100% type on paper, so I’m excited to launch the hotline and share my top tips to inject some romance back into people’s lives.”

The stats

STILL 4 - final.jpgDating apps have become increasingly popular with an average of two downloaded to the phones of the singletons we surveyed. Perhaps most shockingly, our research found that the married Brits we spoke to had on average three dating apps on their phones.

That being said, our research also revealed the stigma that people still associate with online dating. Nearly a quarter (23%) of people questioned wouldn’t admit publicly to meeting their partner online, with pretending to have met ‘at a bar’ and ‘through mutual friends’ the most popular alibis.

Actions seem to speak louder than words when online dating, with more than a third (35%) of those polled claiming to chat to a potential partner for just one week on average before deciding to meet in person. But it’s lust at first sight for men, with 17% admitting they wanted to hook up with someone immediately after seeing their photos, compared to just 4% of women.

How to impress…

Solo profile pictures and witty banter came up on top when we asked online daters what they found to be the biggest turn-ons when browsing through profile biographies. Conversely, bad teeth and topless torso pictures were some of the biggest turn-offs – something to bear in mind.

Make sure you check out @plusnet on Twitter for Marcel’s top tips on modern dating!


Research was commissioned by Plusnet and was carried out by independent third-party research supplier One Poll in January 2018. The research profiled 2,000 UK adults who have previously used or currently use online dating sites and apps.

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