Before signing up for an online website, you need to consider the site itself – is it legitimate? Will your personal information be secure? Does the site provide ways to protect your safety and your personal ID? Most sites will allow you to browse their site until you are comfortable and ready to register.
1. Creating a profile:
It’s important to take some time to write a good free online dating profile and provide up-to-date photos of yourself. Be honest about your age, education, marital status and other personal information. Good relationships are never built on lies. Try to make your profile unique in some way so that you will attract the type of person you are looking for.
2. The “coffee date:”
Most free dating sites and most of their members agree that it’s the safest and most comfortable choice to meet for the first time in a neutral public place, like a coffee shop. Keep the conversation light and friendly. If there seems to be a connection, plan a second date. If not, be straightforward and give some feedback either in person, by phone or by email. This gesture will be appreciated, but it’s not done often enough.
3. Future dates:
Following the first date, it’s often best to go on casual, fun dates for awhile. Remember you started out as complete strangers. It takes time to get acquainted and become friends before any romance kicks in.
General tips for online dating:
1. For those who have been married or have had a long- term relationship, don’t unload all your baggage on your dating partner. That’s a sure way to send him running the other way.
2. In your profile search, when you find someone who seems interesting, don’t hesitate to email them for fear of rejection. It’s really not so bad when the interface is just a computer screen.
3. Be polite. When someone sends an email of interest to you and you’re not interested, send a short email and tell them in a kind way how you feel. It only takes a minute.
4. Have a few short conversations on the phone before you meet. It adds the dimension of oral communication instead of just emailing.
5. If you have little time or energy to go in person to places where you might meet potential dates, online dating is a good option to meet someone. However, it does require persistence to find a match. Keep trying – a connection may not happen for some time.
6. Use good judgment – follow your gut feelings when getting involved with dates. Watch out for scammers. There is a small minority that may try to take advantage of you.
7. Read the inspirational stories written by those who found true love online. It will keep you motivated to continue searching for your special someone.
For people looking for a partner, who find it difficult to use conventional dating methods, online dating can be an efficient way to locate and meet potential partners. However, it can take some persistence and patience. Following some safety guidelines and common sense etiquette can make the experience very satisfying.