Online Dating is like a rollercoaster ride, you can’t wait to get on, but once you’re on, you’re not so sure you made the right choice. You’ve heard stories from friends about how they’ve met their soulmates and gotten married after meeting on an app, but you’ve also heard horror stories about people being catfished or getting harassed.
Well, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for newbies who are ready to take the plunge (or maybe just dip their toes) into online dating.
Don’t be afraid to try different apps.
There’s no style guide for online dating; there’s no one app that works best for everyone. You might find that Tinder isn’t your thing, while Hinge is your actual soulmate. You never know until you try!
Be honest with yourself about what you want in a partner.
If all you want is someone who shares your love of ’80s movies and cats, go ahead and put that in your profile. You’d be surprised how many people out there share those interests! If someone wants something different than what
Don’t be afraid to message people who interest you.
You might be worried about coming off as desperate or creepy, but remember that everyone is nervous when they first start dating online. If someone catches your eye, go ahead and send them a message!
Don’t be afraid to switch things up.
If one approach isn’t working, try something different. Maybe they didn’t respond to your witty joke last time, try something sweet this time around instead! It’s all about experimentation until you find what works.
Make sure your profile is up-to-date and accurate.
You want to be able to find the right person, so make sure your profile is reflecting who you really are.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
If you’re shy about talking about yourself, just make sure that at least a few sentences in your profile are about YOU.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
This can be as simple as asking what kind of music/movies/sports someone likes, or if they have any pets (not just cats), etc. Just get a conversation going and see where it goes from there.
Don’t give out personal information.
This includes your phone number, address, and current location. Be careful of who you talk to and how you talk to them. If they start asking personal questions or making you feel uncomfortable in any way, block them immediately!
Don’t give out any money for anything.
This includes gifts or money for you to meet up with someone. And if anyone ever asks you for money, block them immediately.
Be honest about your profile
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian who wants to meet someone who likes animals, don’t say “I love animals!” in your profile if it isn’t true, it could lead to disappointment later on when you meet someone for drinks and they turn out not to be vegan after all.
Don’t write long descriptions about yourself.
Keep it short and sweet! This will help people get a sense of who you are without having to read through too much text before deciding whether or not they want to message back.
Don’t put up an extremely sexual profile picture.
If you aren’t ready for anything physical yet, it’s just not fair to anyone who might be interested in getting to know you better!
Most tips aren’t foolproof, so that’s why you should always do your research when it comes to online dating safety. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, simply remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. And as always, trust your gut.
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