Why you shouldn't sweat the small stuff

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When we stop obsessing about the little things, our pool of dates immediately gets much bigger 

When you embark upon your online dating adventure, it's very easy to get so caught up in the tiny details about other people that you can end up letting some cracking potential dates slip through the net. One couple who met through MSF and are now getting married probably wouldn't have met up at all if they had paid close attention to the small print. Caroline told us that she hadn't looked in much detail about Sid's profile and the night before they met up he sent her a message asking if she had realised he was about about five inches shorter than her. Caroline told us: "In my mind I thought 'Sh**********t' but I wrote back saying 'Of course I knew, it's fine'. 

"We met at Covent Garden tube station, looked at each other and didn't speak for what felt like a few minutes. We later told each other that Sid was thinking 'F**k, she's tall' and I was thinking 'F**k, he's short'. After we'd stared at each other in shock for a while we decided to go for lunch. We chatted non-stop and had so much in common that the height thing just wasn't important!"

Height seems to be of particular importance to women, with research showing that men who are 6ft and over are 33% more likely to be contacted than men of average height (5ft 7). However, we all get hung up on the details and people of both sexes will easily dismiss others based on being a couple of inches too tall, a tiny bit chubby, having the wrong hair colour or living half a mile outside of their preferred area. If we are prepared to be a bit more open minded and stop obsessing about little things, the pool of potential dates will immediately grow much bigger and the likelihood of meeting someone lovely increases.

Caroline and Sid are proof that letting go of our ideas of what someone we fancy 'should' look like can result in a happy-ever-after story, so stop sweating the small stuff and start dating lots more great people.

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