Friday, January 11, 2013

Do's and Don'ts For Successful Online Dating

Was your new year's resolution to start dating again? 

January seems like a good time to start a new activity -- and if it's dating and being in a fulfilling romantic relationship that is on your list of goals for 2013, then signing up for online dating may be a great idea for you.

 If you've been an online dater before, then you know how to set up your profile. Take the time to refresh your photos and add a few more details, and update any parts of your bio that may no longer be relevant. Online dating is a great place to meet a variety of people, but it's not for everyone. 

We've got a few tips you might like to try before you get started. 

Do your research. Find out which dating websites are best suited to you and the kind of dating you want to do. 

Do add photos to your profile that reflect who you are right now and show you doing some of your favorite things.

 Don't add photos that are outdated. A nice photo of you that you've cropped everything but the hand around your shoulder of your ex-husband isn't a good idea for obvious reasons. 

Do add enough biographical information to make you feel comfortable. Don't add any information that is too revealing or personal. Take the time to build a winning profile. It won't be created in fifteen minutes. 

Don't get into the dirty details. You don't need to explain why you're dating or why you chose the career path that you did -- just hint at who you are. Leave a little bit of mystery that you can explain on your first date. 

Do meet in a public place for the first date. Make sure you tell a friend or family member where you're going and the name of the person you're meeting as well as the online dating site where you met. If possible email the URL of that person's profile to your friend or family member. 

Don't tell little white lies. You will eventually get caught in whatever story you create, and you don't want the first impression you make on someone to be "seems a little shady". 

Do learn how to write notes that communicate who you are effectively. Describe yourself in a positive manner. Express your personality and your sense of humor. 

Don't get discouraged. You may not meet your soul mate on your first online date. Think of online dating as buying a used car. You have to know what you want before you go into the sales office and even then there are some cars you know you don't want before you find the one you want to take out for a test drive. And even after a test drive, you might decide that car isn't the one for you.

You may enjoy online dating. It isn't for everyone, but if you know some of the basic do's and don'ts -- it can be a lot of fun. 

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