What's your 'Woo-Q'? Video tutorial series offers good dating advice

Updated: 23 December, 2016 10:46 IST | Suprita Mitter |

From what to wear on your first date to how to flirt, a series of video tutorials offer good dating advice

Actor Sudev Nair in a sill from the Woo masterclass video

If you've signed up on a dating app but have no clue of how to make the first move, 'Hey, can I have your phone number?' may not be the best icebreaker. Dating is complicated, and with the advent of online dating, the rules of the game have changed.

If you are looking to get tips from behaviour analysts and people who monitor these apps regularly, you might want to check out videos uploaded on a subscription-based channel by Woo Academy that claims to be a masterclass in dating.

"I started Woo in 2014. The idea was to create a dating app meant for Indian youth. We function quite differently from the rest of the world in our tastes and online behaviour, and it was important to keep these sensibilities in mind," shares Sumesh Menon, CEO and co-founder of the online venture.

Sumesh Menon

"Over time, we realised that there is a certain etiquette to online dating that many people still haven't figure out. So, we decided to put these videos together and roped in behavioural researcher Khyati Gupta Babbar, who specialises in non-verbal communication at Santulan (a research institute) in Delhi. We have also kept the matching behaviour of over four million users around the globe in mind," adds the 40-year-old sales entrepreneur.

The series of ten 7-10 minute episodes brings you up to speed with the rules of dating in a relatable, light-hearted format. How to dress on your first date, the right things to say and more importantly, what not to do on your date and while chatting online, are the first few videos.

They feature classes in the form of real-life situations enacted by primly-dressed actor, Sudev Nair, who walks you through initial challenges to the ultimate goal of sustaining a fulfilling relationship. "The idea is to enable you to identify your innate gifts and skills, and use them to present yourself in a way that is appealing," concludes Menon.

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Tips when putting up a profile picture 

  •  Avoid uploading topless gymnasium pics, and professionally photographed pictures. You are trying too hard — and  it shows.  The person you're looking for needs to know more about your true self rather than your ostentatious  lifestyle.
  •  Display more of your real self. Profile pictures while carrying out one of your hobbies or interests is a great idea.  This will let  your match comprehend you better.
  •  Profile pictures can include your family or pets to show that you are not an introvert and can gel well.
  •  Avoid a picture with sunglasses and go for a light background, so that your face is more visible.
  •  Post a funny picture only if it is flattering.

First Published: 23 December, 2016 10:24 IST

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