With the advent of social networking sites and the increased exposure to the Internet, the stigma associated with online dating has all but disappeared. A few years ago, people used to think that finding an online date was usually a last resort for socially inadequate and unattractive people. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. More and more people are participating in online dating sites, and finding love in the least expected places.
Here are a few tips to help you find your own online date.
Find the right online dating site.
Finding the right online dating site can mean the difference between success and failure. There is a wide range of online dating sites available out there so you’re going to have to find the one that suits you best. Once you do find the right site, roll up your sleeves and start getting creative with your profile.
Pick the perfect username.
Your username is going to be one of the first few things other people will notice. This means that it has to make a good impression and be representative of who you are. Stay away from clichéd words. What you want is to let your individuality shine through and set yourself apart from thousands of other users. Also, the wrong username can send the wrong message to people. So think very carefully before you use the handle HawtBunnyXoXo.
Adding a photo to your profile will give a marked increase to the attention your profile is enjoying. But you can’t add just any photo, of course. A good number of uploaded photos would be 4-5, each showing you in different situations. Don’t feel the need to lie about how you look. Post recent pictures of yourself because lying about your looks is going to be counter-productive in the long run. If you feel that none of the pictures you have now are good enough, feel free to go out and get your picture taken.
Create an awesome profile.
If you’re like most people, you probably write your profile information in a few minutes and post it immediately. Don’t. Creating the perfect profile requires effort. When coming up with a self-introduction, keep in mind that you are selling yourself to the reader. Your write up should promote your best and unique characteristics without sounding conceited and overconfident. You want your reader to think that they have a lot to gain by reaching out to you. Take time to think of all the things that make you interesting and write away. Then read what you’ve written and edit. Edit. Edit. Edit.
Read other member profiles.
Don’t wait for people to just contact you. Actively look up member profiles and read. You might not be successful in finding someone you like on the first try, but keep trying. And when someone does contact you, read his/her profile too. This will help you screen potential scammers. While most people on online dating sites really are looking for love, the danger of being targeted by a scammer is ever-present.
Don’t be afraid to message people. A simple “hi” can lead into an interesting conversation. If you find profiles that speak to you, leave them a message and keep your fingers crossed. If you’re lucky, this might be the beginning of something real. And if you aren’t, well, there are still thousands of other users to talk to.