If you read the comic strip "Peanuts," you probably know about the little red-haired girl. Charlie Brown worships her from a distance -- a long distance.The few times he gets up the nerve to approach her, something gets in the way and messes things up. A lot of guys can sympathize, some more than others.

Or you could follow our flowchart and find the one designed to pair you with the woman (or man, or costume-wearing sex slave) of your dreams.

It's a little weird at first, trusting a computer algorithm to pair you off.

But three weeks (and six dates) from now, you'll realize that online dating is, for better and worse, just like regular dating—and not, sadly, like ordering a pizza online.

Davidson: "A selfie with your dog in the park might work—you look like a real person.

Otherwise, it's hard to take a self-portrait, especially in the mirror, without looking like a vain asshole." Davidson: "People need to see your face, but shooting up close with a wide-angle lens makes your nose look bigger.

Have whoever's shooting step back just enough to get a three-fourths shot of your body." Urbinati: "White can wash out in photos, so if you're in shape, a simple well-fitting crew tee or Henley in gray is flattering and effortless.To look more put together, try dark jeans, a slim-collar shirt, and a well-tailored suit jacket in gray—it reads more casual than black, less preppy than navy."Displaying your guts by completing questions like "On a typical Friday night I am..." and "I'm really good at..." will make you feel self-conscious and absurd— and that's normal.Relax, don't overthink it, and remember that what you're putting up is the equivalent of first-date banter.The process is a mild inconvenience, not a confession or a trap, so just chalk it up to the cost of being proactive. This sounds like some type of Yoda koan, but try to talk about what you like, not .Don't call yourself any of the following: witty, ambitious, down-to-earth, or humble.Mention a few TV shows, movies, bands, and books you enjoy, but take it easy on the esoteric poetry, eight-year-old Bay Area rap lyrics, and the word I.