So you’ve decided to delve into the world of online dating...
Here are tips to make your experience a pleasant – and successful – one!
1. Go In With a Plan.
Are you looking for a casual relationship or something long term? Figuring this out before you begin creating your profile is essential. Be sure to make it clear what you want. And don’t be shy about putting yourself out there.
“It might be opening yourself up to possible rejection, but if you don’t take that risk, the chances of you also reaping the rewards also go down!”
2. Be Thorough.
If your profile has holes in it, people will just scroll on by. Be sure to take the time to fill it out thoroughly. And be sure to post a photo of yourself. “Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your disability, or a post a picture of yourself in a wheelchair or with crutches. If someone can’t look past the fact that you have a disability, that isn’t the kind of person you want to be dating in the first place.”
3. Keep It Positive.
Share the things you like – the kind of things you want in a relationship. Stay away from sharing things you don’t want. That just creates a negative environment. Plus, “people who only talk about what they don’t want are less likely to receive messages.”
4. Be Engaging.
When you begin interacting with someone you find interesting, be sure to let them know why they peaked your interest. Show them that you read their profile. And be sure to ask questions.
“Asking questions allows the person you messaged an opportunity to reply and keep the conversation flowing.”
5. Pick and Choose.
While it might be exciting to plan an in-person meeting with someone you’ve encountered online, remember that you don’t have to go out with everyone who asks. “Only agree to go on dates with people you genuinely feel you have a connection with, and something in common.” And taking some time to get to know someone online before meeting in person is always a good idea.
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