Online dating can be a fun and non-threatening way to re-enter the dating scene. One plus is that it can actually help you narrow down the qualities you're looking for in a mate, while also helping you identify the unique, appealing qualities you have to offer. When you're ready to head back out there, keep these 5 online dating tips to keep in mind.
5 Tips for Fun & Safe Online Dating
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Be Honest in Your Online Dating Profile
There's no need to exaggerate your best qualities when you write up your online dating profile. Just be yourself. You'll probably find through this experience that the physical, emotional, and intellectual qualities you bring are more than sufficient to attract dates. And best of all, deciding to be yourself will help you recognize the likable, attractive, and fun qualities you already possess.
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Use Quality Photos in Your Online Dating Profile
You might be tempted to upload any old picture just to get your profile up and running. However, you don't want someone to overlook your profile simply because of a poor quality photo. So pay attention to image size and choose a digital photograph that meets the site's recommendations specifications. In addition, have two or three additional digital photos on hand to share with individuals you meet online, and ask them to do the same. This will help you weed out people who might try to... deceptively use someone else's picture for their profile photo!
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Limit the Time You Spend on Online Dating Sites
You can easily spend hours looking through other members' online dating profiles. For a while this may seem like fun, but you can quickly feel 'addicted' to logging on and perusing the latest additions. Rather than lose your valuable time to a computer screen, put a limit on the amount of time you'll spend online each day, and stick to it.
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Take Your Online Dating Relationships Slow
Online dating is meant to be a gradual process. Initially, you'll meet a lot of people. In fact, trying to respond to them all might seem like a daunting task. Make an effort to send a friendly response to each person who contacts you. From there, you can begin to Email back and forth with the members who catch your interest. During this time, be careful not to give out too much information. You don't have to send your entire life story in an email. (Lengthy emails can be a turn off... during the initial stages of online dating!)Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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A Final Thought: Use Caution When Dating Online
With your children in the picture, there's no way to under-state the need to be cautious with online dating. Pay attention to any red flags or dating deal breakers. We all know couples who've had extremely successful experiences online. Yet, it's also pretty easy for an individual to conceal his or her worst qualities during the early stages of online dating. Avoid giving out personal information and, instead, use the e-mail and instant message services provided by the online dating... service you're using. And when you're ready to speak with a new friend over the phone, use your cell phone number rather than a landline or work number. (Better yet, use a disposable phone in the early days so you can retain your privacy if the relationship doesn't work out.)