Online Dating Tips You Never Thought You Needed to Know
Instead of trying to navigate the world of online dating without knowing what exactly you’re getting into, we have some nuggets of information that can help you master the rocky seas that are the dating website.
1. The Picture
Your profile picture is like your calling card on an online dating website. You want your picture to stand out from the rest, but how? Well, for starters your picture should be of you and only you. Secondly, smile! Show off those beautiful pearly whites and show others that you’re a fun person who is approachable and personable. Oh yes, a smile can say all that—and more!
2. The Profile
Your dating profile is going to be like your resume. Your profile should talk about your interests, your goals, what (not who) you’ve done in the past, and what you’re looking for in a partner. With that said, unlike a resume which just lists things, you want to use descriptive language that draws the people into your profile and wants to learn more about you. For example, instead of saying you like to travel, talk about some of the places you’ve visited and places that you want to go visit.
3. The More the Merrier
One thing you’ll notice about online dating is that there are thousands of people on any given website at any given time. When you take that all into consideration, it is very easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you have to latch onto the first person who messages you. In fact, because of the sheer amount of people on these websites, you should do the opposite! Keep your options open until you meet someone that is just too alluring to pass by. Until then, talk to as many people as you want without feeling guilty!
4. Make Your Move
Before you send someone that first message, you first need to read their profile to see if you have anything in common first. Sure, they could look like a Greek God/Goddess, but they could be dumber than a doornail or have interests in things that you are completely clueless about. When you check out their profile, you can see if they have similar interests as you, but they also have a brain.
5. Be Upfront with What You Want
Many times when people try their hand at online dating, they do it without having a clear idea of what they are hoping to gain out of the experience. Instead of just going with the flow, you need to know what it is you want in both a partner and a relationship. Also, you have to be willing to tell the person you are talking to what you want and be prepared to accept their reaction. Maybe you’re looking for something serious, but the other person does not. You need to accept this and be able to move on from it. It’s always a good idea to be upfront in the beginning so that feelings don’t get involved further down the road.