Beginner’s Guide to Online Dating

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Basics To Help You Internet Date Successfully

Are you one of the folks that’s still a bit hesitant when it comes to online dating? Well stop worrying and start up your laptop!

Internet dating has never been more accepted or popular in terms of meeting new singles. All you need is the right approach, a good profile, and some proven tips to help you succeed.

Site

Once upon a time paid Internet dating sites were considered to have the “best” selection of people. Truth is, today any number of sites will work just fine. It all depends on your preference and ultimate goals. There are sites geared toward casual acquaintances, serious relationships, and everything in between. I personally recommend leolist for a fast romantic relationship. Many singles today register with at least one or two sites to achieve the best possible odds of meeting different people. Peruse some of the top online dating sites to see which offer the most for you.

Approach

Let’s face it; some singles are just looking for the thrill of meeting new people, while others are looking for a quality relationship. Determine what you want to accomplish from your online dating experience and let your approach follow. For example, if you’d like to meet as many people as you can, be proactive in sending emails and setting up first dates. Make an objective to physically meet folks rather than just getting to know them via email. If you’re searching for an eventual mate, you might want to take things slower and correspond a bit before you actually set eyes on your online match. If you are pressed for time in a busy schedule, arrange for one date a week, rather than several informal coffee dates. Choosing the right pacing and approach for your dates will help you enjoy your overall Internet dating experience.

Photo

Imagine a place where you have access to thousands of potential singles right before your eyes. All you have to do is point your finger to the one you want to meet. Well that, in a sense, is Internet dating. But instead of pointing your finger, you click a mouse on the one that most interests you. And if you have hundreds of pictures flying before your eyes, are you going to stop and read the profile with a photo that is out of focus, has hair and outfit blended into the background, with their arm around a cropped out individual (probably an ex)? Doubt it. Take time to post the best possible photo you can.

Mirror selfies lack any form of class, so maybe ask someone to take a picture of you. You can be creative and try to strike a pose or show something that you like to do. As long as your face is visible, you are good to go. If you need any more tips on creating your profile or picking your photos, check this comprehensive guide on online dating.

Headline

Every inch of your online profile is valuable real estate. Think of your headline as the caption to your online billboard. With that said, do you really want “Looking to meet someone nice” or “Are there any decent men left?” as the thing you want someone whizzing by to see? With Internet dating, singles scan through profiles quickly for the ones that catch their eye. So why waste space with a poor headline? Use it instead to write something catchy and unique that will instantly give a potential date an idea of your personality.

Profile

Ever reach for a book because the cover looks interesting, only to put it back as soon as you start reading? The same can happen with your profile if a potential date likes your headline and photo but begins to yawn once they read what you have to say for yourself. You don’t need to be a professional writer, although some skills with the written word certainly don’t hurt. Imagine that you’re introducing yourself to a potential friend, and proceed in a tone that is personable yet playful. If you need help, don’t be afraid to consult a professional profile consultant.

Safety

Dating via any method (online or otherwise) needs to be approached in an intelligent manner. Be smart with any personal information. Remember that even if you emailed someone for a while, you still haven’t met him or her yet. Wait until you are absolutely comfortable before giving out phone numbers, last names, or email addresses. Meet only in a public place until you know your match is of the sane and reasonable variety. If necessary, make use of the blocking feature or double-blind email system some online dating sites offer. Just like any other time you’d meet a stranger, let your instincts be your guide when it comes to revealing parts of your life.

Attitude

Having the right outlook on relationships is important, but that goes double for Internet dating. Singles on the Internet move quickly, scanning profiles and photos and sending winks and emails at a much higher speed than if they were merely meeting people in person. So show your best possible impression right from the start. Dump the grumpy attitude because you are busy at work or have been burned by love in the past. Everyone has problems, but Internet daters especially have no patience for the downers of this world. There are simply too many great people out there to meet!

Written by
Umar Saeed
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