Love & Romance

Important Things to Do When Starting to Date Online

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Don’t get stuck in the mud when dating online. Find lasting love with these great hints and tips.

Online dating is now one of the most popular ways to meet someone. In the past, people who met online would concoct an elaborate tale about meeting in a bar to avoid admitting it. Now, we can be completely open about meeting online. Chances are, we know at least one couple that met the same way.

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That doesn’t mean that online dating is easy. Just like meeting someone in real life, you might have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince or princess. You’ll need to keep your options open while not being overwhelmed by choice. There are sites for everything, from religious belief to Interracial Dating Central. Set your boundaries while not putting yourself in a box. It can be frustrating, annoying, and tiring all at once, and learning tips and tricks that work for you can take a lot of time and effort.

Here are a few of ours.

Take a great profile picture.

Your profile picture is the first thing that a potential new partner sees about you, so it’s crucial that you have one that accurately reflects not only what you look like, but your personality as well. Like everything else in your online dating profile, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but to attract someone to read your initial bio, you need to look great in your profile picture. Think about it – how many times have you moved on right away after seeing a profile image? Pick the wrong one, and the same thing could happen to you.

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Write a great bio.

Most people who have been online dating for a while know what to look for in a profile description, and how to know if someone is faking or being insincere. You don’t have to try and land five jokes in 20 words. All you need to do is to come across like a real, genuine, interesting person. It’s not a performance. If you try too hard to impress, it will show, and people who might otherwise be interested will simply move on.

Don’t be afraid to tell people who you really are, and what you’re really into. For anyone who became not interested in you because of those things, did you really want to hear from them? They would have found out eventually, anyway. If you’re really stuck, ask a friend or someone who knows you well to read over your profile and make sure it’s a good representation.

Don’t say ‘hello.’

A simple ‘hello’ as your first message is absolutely not the way to go. You need to tailor the message to the profile of the person you’re talking to, or they’ll think you’re just blindly messaging everyone who likes your profile and delete without replying. Write a message they’ll enjoy and feel good responding to, and you’re way more likely to start up a great conversation.

For ideas, make sure you read their profile and pull out any specific interests or aspects of their personality that interest you, and make sure you address them in your first message. Don’t just say “You’re pretty, want to chat?” or anything like that. No one wants to be made to feel like a piece of meat. If you must make a physical compliment, word it in a considerate and flattering way.

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