Now that online dating has become so popular and mainstream, it seems that we often forget about online etiquette and good old fashioned online dating advice.
After all, the internet is still just another medium for interacting with another person.
It is completely different from interacting with a person face to face and this can lead to a whole heap of problems.
Online Dating Tips
Honesty is the best policy
Hidden behind a laptop screen and away from others, makes the internet a prime place for being something you are not.
Its easy to post a photo of a glamorous and beautiful slim, young woman or the image of a handsome man with a fit and toned body….but if you aren’t really like this in real life, what do you think the other person is going to think if and when they finally meet you?
Whether you believe it or not, people prefer honesty to downright lying and deceit.
If you lie about your age, your hair color, your eye color, your skin color, your weight, your career …you’re being dishonest and hiding from your true self. Nothing good can come from that.
Of course, there are people who visit internet dating sites with the intention of never meeting anyone face to face and for them the internet is just a place where they can talk to people and pretend to be someone they are not.
The vast majority of people, however, do visit internet dating sites with the intention of meeting a partner who shares their values and interests.
If you fall into the second category, then being honest will stand you in good stead.
If you are at ease with your body and your looks, your income and your career, you will be more at ease in your communication and people who like your profile will like the real you.
If there was ever a contender for one of the best online dating tips for men or women, being honest would be number one in the list.
Tell people what it is you are looking for in a partner.
Don’t be polite or afraid of hurting anyone’s feelings. Remember, this is not like meeting one person for a date at the local restaurant.
You are visiting a huge place full of people who are all looking for their particular idea of a perfect partner.
It’s OK for you to say you like tall men, christian men, black men, or women who like sports, women who are a certain size, women who like travelling.
With online dating, you can get all the “specifics” out of the way first. Declare exactly what you are looking for – and you might be on your way to getting it.
Watch your language
Always remember that you are not talking to a person face to face and that what you write or type out might not be received in the same tone as you sent it. Humor, irony, wit and sarcasm tend not to translate over too well when they are written down.
Watch what you type and say and mind your spelling and grammar.
Nothing puts potential partners off more than a profile that is full of bad spellings and grammar. The same goes for any texts or email messages you send.
Give your best shot
The shot in this case refers to your profile image.
Remember that this is the gateway to YOU.
People are going to see your picture, read your profile and then decide whether or not YOU are worth pursuing.
If you want to attract a good number of mates, your profile and image needs to stand out. You’ll be up there with thousands of other people – so you need to stand out.
Craft a well worded and funny, witty profile that spells out exactly what sort of a person you are and what you are looking for in a mate.
And make sure you pick your best photo to go in the profile.
If you bear this online dating advice in mind when you are using any of the online dating sites, you will find your online experience to be safer and more enjoyable and hopefully it will lead to you find a great date too.
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