Online Dating 101 – Online Dating Basics

Online Dating 101 – Online Dating Basics

By Kevin Koger | Submitted On August 03, 2004

Feeling like there’s something that’s just not fairly there yet ter how you’re going about this entire online dating thing? Don’t feel bad, chances are you’re one of the many people who’re still pretty fresh to this gig. Heck, internet dating has only bot around for about eight years, so obviously no one out there can rechtsvordering to have all the answers.

But hey, eyeing that wij’ve bot perfecting the kunst of matching people up online all eight of those years, wij’d like to share a little of what wij’ve learned about how to make the best of your online practice. Who knows, one of thesis pointers might be just what you’ve bot missing te perfecting your own online dating adventures.

Therefore, without further ramblings, here are the:


Look your best and submit a excellent photo of yourself for your profile photo. A good picture truly is worth a thousand words, and research shows that you are almost Ten times more likely to be noticed if you postbode a photo to your profile.

And, the same stats hold true when you voeling someone you’ve noticed on the webpagina. If you don’t have a photo, don’t be astonished if the responses aren’t too quick te coming back.

Now, don’t get mad a begin making accusations about all the shallow people out there. While it may be true that some people place too much emphasis on physical appearances, the bottom line is it does make a difference when two people are meeting and making initial evaluations of their rente te each other. And, it’s also a trust thing. It is always going to be much lighter to interact with a face than with a wit opbergruimte.

Switch your profile picture and saluting at times, add photos to your photo album, and login regularly–this will not only get you noticed, but it will help others get a more varied and up-to-date idea of what constitutes the vivo you.

When something interesting happens te your life, tell us about it ter your profile welcoming. This is a excellent way to let your online friends ter on what it might be like to actually spend time with you. That’s the main aim of online dating isn’t it, to find people you’d eventually like to meet and spend time with face-to-face? Anyways, it’s always more joy to hear about a crazy practice you’ve just had than to read the same old descriptions of you and your cat that have bot on your profile for months now.

Spil for photo albums, this is the icing on the cake. Not only do thesis photos round out and confirm the physical picture your friends are forming of you, but they also go a long way ter helping others truly see what makes you “you.” The head and shoulders slok of you ter your profile photo is nice and all, but when they see you dangling Ten, running with your Chihuahua, or thrusting a big fat chunk of cheesecake ter your mouth . now they’re getting to know you.


Have joy describing yourself without making excuses about why you’re on the webpagina or who wooed you to eventually go online. Tell us what makes you unique.

Believe it or not, being an online dater no longer places you on the fringes of society or even te the minority. Online dating has grown up and moved into the mainstream, and so you can now gladfully assume that the face-saving qualifiers of past times online are now obsolete. And, more importantly, just realize that they don’t help your cause when meeting others online.

One more thing . attempt to be innovador. Yes, I’m sure you truly do like the outdoors and want to meet someone who looks good ter a tux and te jeans, but so does everyone else! Tell us some things about yourself that wouldn’t necessarily come out te an elevator conversation with your tax registeraccountant. For example, what are you sultry about? What would you do if no longer had to work for a living? What’s your beloved flavor of gelato? Do you secretly wish everyday wasgoed sampling day at the grocery store? . now it’ getting interesting!


Don’t be fooled thinking telling fibs will impress that special someone enough to get relationship embarked. it will turn them off! Be your best self.

When you truly zekering and think about it, what do you think your fresh friend’s reaction is going to be if when you meet for the very first time it’s demonstrable you’re not the person they thought they were going to be meeting? “Oh .. hi. I see that you’ve bot dishonest with mij from the get-go here, but hey, I’m still thinking wij’ve got a fine slok at having an open, trusting relationship for the long-term” Obviously not.

They’re going to be hurt, and disappointed. And, your relationship is unlikely to get past the wave goodbye spil your friend gets back te their car to go huis.


Okay, so you get a little grouchy merienda te a while–don’t wij all? However, people like nice people. Please be considerate and polite . it will make this entire online thing so much more pleasurable for all of us!

There’s an interesting social phenomenon researchers have discovered ter online interactions. They’ve found people often switch their standards of politeness and diplomacy when a conversation is happening online, contra face-to-face.

Don’t believe it? You might be astonished if you were to go back and look at some of the things you’ve said. Look at some messages you’ve sent, and then consider telling the precies same words ter a face-to-face or a telephone conversation. Sound a little rough? Don’t feel too bad, it happens to the best of us, just attempt to keep this ter mind the next time you’re typing out an email or instant message.

One more thing–please don’t overlook people. A quick “thanks, but no thanks” note is so much better than no reply at all. Te fact, next time you’re replying to a message on the webpagina, check out the fresh “Thanks but No Thanks” template. It’s a quick way to nicely let someone know you’re not interested ter corresponding.


Invite your friends along! Create Activity Groups, go on group dates, attempt Express Dating, love travel events, and just love the netwerk together. After all, instant messaging alone isn’t enough to build solid relationships.

Group dating and group events simply make a loterijlot of sense for online dating. Not only does it make those very first dates less stressfull, it often makes them more joy, and it certainly makes very first meetings a much safer proposition.

Have you everzwijn attempted Activity Groups? They’re a fine way to meet people with common interests te a safe, joy group setting. You can join a group that’s already bot created, or you can create your own and invite all your friends to join . and their friends . and their friends . you get the point.


Don’t be afraid to make the very first voeling. Online dating makes it effortless for all you bashful ones out there to pauze the ice, because you get to do all the initial getting to know each other from the convenience and safety of your own rekentuig.

To begin, just send a Geflirt or a quick email message telling Hi–and do it often! You might be astonished how many of our good members suffer from lack of attention from their online peers. Not only might you find someone with whom you’re very interested te maintaining voeling, but you’ll very likely be making someone’s day.


If your very first internet efforts toevluchthaven’t turned up “the ideal one,” don’t despair. Hundreds of fresh people sign up every day on the webpagina, so just come back to see Who’s Fresh. You may also want to consider expanding your searches–don’t be too intent on sticking to your itemized checklist for eternal mates.

You might also want to attempt some different searches from time to time. Because there are about a million different things you might find attractive te another person, it’s nice to mix up the criteria you’re searching on merienda te a while. For example, you can search by their Occupation, any Keyword or combination of keywords you can think

of, and many others.


Don’t be afraid to have some joy along your path to relationship happiness! Love getting to know people and understand that many glad relationships and even marriages begin with a good ol’ friendship. And, don’t rush it!

You’ve heard animals can sense fear? Well, wij humans can be pretty perceptive spil well (except for that one stud who just can’t take a hint). So, don’t think others can’t sense when you’re frustrated, dejected, conceited, holier than thou, fed up, etc. etc. Waterput a smile on, and love the rail, because even if the very first few people you meet aren’t Mr./Mrs. Right, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some joy te good

conversations with them.

You may also need to be a little bit patient spil you head off into the courageous fresh world of online dating. Not all marriages are “love at very first webpagina,” and even if yours is, it may take a lotsbestemming of looking before you “webpagina” that special someone. And so, merienda again . love the rail!


Ya know, that gray matter inbetween your ears? That’s your noodle. Use it! Be wise, be cautious, and go after our safety guidelines, your instincts, and the spirit ter all your dating activity.

Done right, online dating is a loterijlot of joy, and it’s a excellent way to meet some wonderful people . just ask the thousand-plus people wij’ve had submit success stories to us te the past few years! So, love it, and go after thesis ten tips, and hopefully wij’ll be getting a success story from you sometime soon.

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