Hello Darlings, So you’ve decided to take the plunge and try online dating! Naturally, anything that’s new can be nerve wracking. This particularly true for online dating. I turned to relationship experts from eHarmony for tips on how to get started in this unfamiliar territory.
Be honest in your profile
Your best chance of meeting someone is to be honest and upfront in your profile. Don’t embellish or exaggerate details from your life. You’re looking to attract interest but a genuine way – don’t write anything that you wouldn’t say in person. Just be yourself!
Be respectful in your messages
Calling someone “babe” or “sexy” could be an instant turn-off! Use the person’s name when you send them an initial message and keep things short and friendly. If someone messages you and you’re not interested in starting a connection, send them a quick and polite note saying you’re flattered but are pursuing other matches.
If someone doesn’t respond to your messages or tells you they’re not interested, don’t try to change their mind. It’s not very nice being bombarded with messages and, after all, there are plenty more fish out there.
Choose people with similar interests
In order to start a conversation which leads to a date, read the person’s profile carefully. Your potential date will appreciate that you’ve taken the time to find out about their interests and chosen to message them because you have something in common.
Arrange a casual first date
When you’ve found someone you’d like to meet, keep the first date low-key. Try meeting for a coffee or a drink at a bar. This way you’ll be able to get to know each other with no pressure and, if things go well, you can always go on somewhere else afterwards. If you arrange something more formal, like a meal, things might get a bit uncomfortable if it turns out there’s no spark.
Don’t give up
Online dating can take time to get right so it’s a good idea to stick with it. You might have a few duff dates but success depends on your ability to keep going. If you meet enough people, you’re bound to find someone you really click with.
Now with those tips in mind, have fun!
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