When it comes to online dating, there are two different sides; an exciting side and a scary side. Yes, it’s easier than ever to communicate with potential partners. Yet, we also seem to be more fickle than ever before as a result. With this in mind, we have some fantastic tips to get you started with online dating today!
1. Create an Accurate and Interesting Bio
Whether you’re on a dating site, it all starts with an interesting bio. We know, it feels a little awkward talking about yourself and trying to sound interesting to your preferred sex. However, it’s something that will set you apart from other potential suitors.
If you need help, ask a friend. Introduce yourself, tell the world a couple of your hobbies, and maybe even show that you don’t take yourself too seriously. There’s nothing worse than an empty profile.
2. Choose Good Photos
Not only should your photos be recent, they should have you in the frame so people can see what you look like. Don’t choose photos where you’re hidden by a huge group of people or that is five years old. Instead, be honest with your photos and set any potential relationship off on the right foot.
3. Don’t Overdo It
Now we’ve got the basics out of the way, please don’t overwhelm matches with constant messages, phone calls, tweets. So to speak, you want to seem attractive to others, not desperate. Send a message, and then give them time to reply. If they aren’t replying or don’t seem interested, move on to somebody who is offering more in the way of conversation.
4. Don’t Facebook Stalk
It’s tempting, we completely understand. However, not much good comes from Facebook stalking those you meet during online dating. What ever happened to romance? Why can’t you enjoy each other’s company and learn from the person themselves rather than what they were tagged in while on vacation six years ago?
5. Always Think Safety
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to include this tip. Unfortunately, we aren’t in a perfect world and there are people out there with ulterior motives. Here are some online dating safety tips;
- Tell friends/family where you’re going
- Meet up in a public location
- Don’t be afraid to talk to bar staff or wait staff if you feel uncomfortable
- Don’t feel the need to do anything with which you aren’t comfortable
- Talk over the phone or on Skype (or FaceTime) before you meet
6. Don’t Become a Chameleon
Although less likely to happen with online dating, try to avoid becoming a dating chameleon. In other words, don’t shape your interests and hobbies based on the conversation with others. ‘Oh yes, I love collecting cushions, I have lots at home’. There’s nothing wrong with being different; be honest and unique.
7. Have Fun
With the dating scene that mobile sites and apps seem to have created in recent years, the pressure of dating has grown. With this in mind, we urge you to have fun; if you aren’t enjoying it, why do it in the first place? Be happy with yourself and then the rest will follow. Enjoy the dating site, meet lots of people, and you might just find the one that makes you happy!