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Online Dating Tips

Tap into the world of online dating for your chance at happiness Tap into the world of online dating for your chance at happiness

Tens of thousands tie the knot every year as a result of having met someone online. Online dating is a very competitive and lucrative industry, and it’s becoming more popular every day. In the technology-crazed world we live in, it’s no surprise the internet has become fertile ground for digital romance.

It’s been estimated that one out of five Americans participate in an online dating service like Match.com or eHarmony. Thinking of becoming a member? Following a few online dating tips can enhance your experience and increase your chances of success.

Your Profile & Picture

The two most important elements of a successful online dating life are your profile and picture. Women may be scrolling through profiles at a fast rate, so you want a profile and photo that are attention-grabbing, interesting, and positive. Don’t make your profile generic or negative; avoid phrases like “I’m lonely,” or “I’m using this as a last resort.” It will make you sound insecure and boring – big turn offs.

Make your profile engaging and unique – but be honest. Women can easily spot a fake; but even if they don’t – how will you explain yourself when they find out the truth? You’ll end up looking like a liar; and there’s nothing women hate more than dishonesty.

This goes for your profile photo as well. It may seem like a no-brainer; but use a picture of yourself. Though you might be tempted to copy and paste your face onto a body with a killer six-pack; again, how will you explain the reality of your less-than-perfect bod? Sure, your photo might be attention-grabbing, but eventually you’ll be face-to-face with a potential date. Self-confidence is sexy; desperation is not.

Write about your hobbies and areas of interest – but be specific. Instead of writing “I like hiking,” you might say “I enjoy being out in the open because I feel like I can finally breathe. Hiking allows me to get up-close-and-personal with nature, as well as giving me a great workout.” Don’t say “I like to read.” Tell her what books you like, and why. The more useful personal information you can give, the better chances you have of getting a response from someone who relates to you.

Learn How to Communicate

If you’ve had difficulties dating “in real life,” it’s quite possible you have problems communicating. Since online dating is all about communication, you need to develop some skills.

When you send an email to a girl you’re interested in, don’t make the mistake of talking all about yourself. News flash: This is not about you. It’s about her. What did you find interesting about her? What was unique about her profile? What made you want to contact her? These are the things that should make up your email – at least the beginning. This will make her feel special, not just a random girl you could have sent a “stock” email to.

Instead of telling her what you like, and what your hobbies are – tell her what you noticed that you have in common. “I see that we both enjoy scary movies. What are some of your favorites? I love the classics like Psycho and Asylum.” She’ll be much more into you she feels like there’s a real connection.

Follow dating online etiquette. Don’t email her too often, or be rude and vulgar. Don’t ruin your relationship before it even has a chance to start by acting needy. If she hasn’t responded to your email, don’t ask her why. If she hasn’t gotten a chance to check her email and then finds five messages from you demanding the reason she’s ignoring you, it’s over.

Dating online opens up a whole new world for you to explore, so take your time and learn how to navigate your way through it. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get any responses right away. Visit new sites, make sure your profile is engaging and positive, and keep trying. Soon you will be one of the thousands who thank their lucky stars for online dating.

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