Chances are that if you ask your parents how they met, the answer will be at college, at a party, via a friend, or at a sports club. And if you ask your friends how they met their partner, the answer will be ‘on an online dating site.’ Online dating is the most popular way to meet people these days, is completely and utterly socially acceptable and is also extremely successful. People use dating sites for different things. Some want to meet a life long partner, others want something more casual, some want company and some are just testing the waters.
What exactly is online dating?
Almost everybody is on the internet these days and almost everybody has a smart phone. In the old days, it was quite common to advertise for a partner in the newspaper. Remember those days? Neither do we! Today, personals ads are not in the newspaper but are on the internet. And online personals sites offer a huge choice. Rather than go through the classified section in the newspaper where you maybe had one or two people, you can now look online, go through the men, or women, or men and women, that fit into your age bracket and are in your area. Online dating means you get to see photographs of potential matches, read about the person, see what they like or don’t like, and then you can choose to ‘match’ or not.
How safe is online dating?
There are some rules to dating sites and the most important rule is to be aware and to be cautious. Remember, almost all the people on dating sites are there for the same reason as you are – to meet a romantic partner. Take your time in choosing your matches and deciding whether to chat or not, and then once you arrange a meeting, be safe. Meet in a safe environment, make sure somebody else knows where you are going or who you are meeting, be cautious and be aware. But don’t forget to have fun. Dating is about having fun, finding someone you can share special times with and hopefully have a relationship with. Remember to not be judgmental, open up your mind, and your heart, chat to a variety of people, and then make decisions. Online dating is safe and fun and fantastic and successful, just always be aware.
How to create a great online dating profile.
We believe in honesty, passion, a sense of humor and fun. Put up a good profile pic, but also put up one or two where the lighting might not be so perfect. Beware the profile pics of people who are shirtless (haha) or photoshopped. They may well be hiding something or have alternative motives. On your own profile, be a little witty, be funny, don’t be too serious (unless you are very serious) and more than anything, be honest. If you’re looking for a long term partnership, write that in your profile, but you just want fun say that. If you’re wanting to have affair after affair, hell they have sites for that too.
There are so many dating sites.
This is true, there are many dating sites. You may be new to online dating or just new to dating in general, and not sure how to begin. It’s a good idea to use the internet and lookout the various dating sites. Some are international, some are local, some are for all genders and others are for men only or for women only. Sign up to the dating site that seems best suited to you, and remember, you can sign up for more than one dating site.
The cost per month differs depending on your needs so check out the different options before making your decision. Online dating is not expensive at all and you can sign up for one month, three, six or more. And you can also cancel your subscription pretty easily; just remember to read the small print. Chat to friends to see which sites worked for them, read reviews online and then – if you want to date and meet somebody new – join up. You have nothing to lose and you may just walk away with your dream partner.