Everything You Need to Know About Online Dating

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Digital technology like smartphones, tablets and computers have changed the way people connect. They’ve also changed the way people date. If you’re single and ready to date, you should consider internet dating as it lets you interact with like-minded people before having to meet them in person. But what are the pros and cons, the advantages and dangers of these internet platforms? Here’s a look at how you can get started, protect yourself and find your match from your mobile device or computer.

Your Profile

Every online matchmaker site requires a personal profile for each person. Most of these sites will guide you through the profile creation phase once you sign up, but there are some tips you should consider. First, be honest about your intentions and your lifestyle. This can be a snapshot of who you are and your everyday life. Also, only post profile pictures of yourself. If you post one picture of yourself and many group pictures it can confuse those who look at your profile. Second, don’t list your ideal partner — that person doesn’t exist — instead include the type of values you have and cherish, this will attract similar people. Lastly, check your spelling and grammar. Attention to detail is key.

How You Connect

When you’ve chosen an internet dating site, how do you connect with other users? People love to talk about themselves, so personal questions about someone’s life is always a sure bet. Or if you’re more blunt, just ask someone if they want to have dinner or a drink after work one night. Remember, people are on these sites for this very reason, oftentimes there’s no point beating around the bush. If you’re a flirt start a game with the person you message like Would You Rather. This can get as intimate as you and the person messaged let it.

Precautions, Catfish

There are certain things about yourself you should never disclose online. Personal information, your address and other sensitive data shouldn’t be included in your profile. Another precaution you must keep an eye for is catfishing. A catfish, in the online dating world, is someone who pretends to be someone they aren’t and lures a person to fall in love with the idea of the catfish avatar they’ve constructed. Whether for manipulative power or financial gain, why some people do this is largely unknown. To protect yourself, demand an online video conversation on your computer or smartphone once you’ve had a few conversations; the iPhone 6s smartphone and similar models come with FaceTime installed making it easy to connect via video chat. If the person continually makes excuses for why they can’t speak face-to-face, it’s best to move on.

Offline Meet Up

Once you’ve messaged someone for a while and have a good grasp of who they are — that they are a person you’d like to spend time with — initiate several FaceTime sessions and then schedule a meet up. This can be any type of activity: a drink at a bar, an afternoon in a bookstore or a picnic at the local park. The most important aspect is that you meet them for the first time in public, as you likely don’t know enough about them to meet them at their house or yours.

11 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Online Dating

  1. I just reported someone on OKCupid. All he said to me was “Hello from London miss beautiful eyes.” However, I specifically state in my profile that I only want to be contacted by local – and I mean, 10 miles within my zip code local – men. Also, his occupation says “A luxury brand ambassador.” This is not a real job. Nope. Maybe you have Louis Vuitton signs in your eyes, but don’t allow this to blind you. Within a few minutes, or maybe a few days, he’s going to be crying about how his work laptop is broken and he needs money sent to him or he’s going to be in trouble.

    Internet dating is a beast. I have been doing it since 1999, if that gives you any inkling about how old I am. First and foremost, if you are not okay with someone’s behavior, clearly tell them why, and set them free.

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    1. Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that AkiwiFreund. You really do have to weed through the duds to find a diamond. Even finding a guy who is near you, is sometimes doesn’t work, as all they want to do it flirt and not really meet in person. I’ve had that experience before online dating with British guys. You can have great conversations, but when it comes time to meet….disappear!

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      1. The British men I dated were all pre-internet, so I can only imagine what it’s like now. However, I do remember that they were uncomfortable with sex in general and not very knowledgeable about anatomy or the human psyche, so flirting and then getting scared and ghosting isn’t all that surprising to me. Best of luck to you!

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