Tips for Successful Online Dating

Have you decided that you’re at a point in your life that you’re ready to share it with someone special?  From the big adventures, to the small successes and the everyday ordinariness of life, sharing with someone dear to you makes life that much richer. Aside from bars, volunteering and the office, with a busy life, it’s increasingly difficult to meet new people – especially single people with interests similar to yours. As a result of this void, there has been an explosion in online dating. There are a multitude of dating websites each designed to meet the interests, age and goals of a huge variety of single looking to meet that special someone. Follow these recommendations from the professional matchmakers to ensure your online dating experience is successful.

Spend time browsing through the various websites.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and consider signing up for the king of matchmaking websites Match.com. Take the time to answer all of the questions during the signup process. The more specific you are with information, the better the chances you will be matched with someone who has similar tastes and interests. When writing your profile, the number one piece of advice offered by nearly every professional matchmaker is to be honest. Be yourself. If you put forth untruths in your profile, several things will happen. You will be matched with those with whom you’re not truly compatible and you’ll start the relationship with lies. Respect who you are and your unique gifts and be honest. It’s actually much easier to be yourself, find someone who likes you for who you are, than pretend to be someone you’re not.

Once you have begun to receive matches, don’t be shy; reach out and connect via the website’s email portal. Never provide your personal email or phone number until you’ve established an initial report’. Never provide your home or office address. Use caution and common sense.  Several initial emails should soon lead to a phone call unless you’re looking for a pen pal. Arrange to meet in person. You will never know if you have chemistry with someone until you actually meet. Arrange to meet in a public place preferably during the day. Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and with whom you’re scheduled to meet.

Again, be yourself. No doubt you’ll have a case of the nerves if it’s been awhile since you’ve dated. Take the attitude that at the very least you are potentially meeting a new friend that you can enjoy spending time with. If it develops into something more, great, if not, you’ve gained the confidence of putting yourself out there. Be kind and be respectful. You’ll expect the same thing from your date and reciprocating is common courtesy. Remember that you will most likely be treated by how you behave.  They will remember more how you made them feel than what you said.  You may need to kiss a few frogs before finding your prince, but enjoy the journey!