To be honest right up front, this is probably not the right blog post for your grandmother. With younger generations who spend their life trawling through the vast networks of the World Wide Web, internet dating is a logical step in our technology driven lives.

So, what exactly do you need to know before you let your fingers do the walking?

Online dating is common. There are millions of people around the world who have created profiles on internet dating websites, and it’s become a socially acceptable way to meet (and sometimes marry!) a person. It’s also a great way to meet people if you’re new to a city or just don’t fancy spending your time in a smoky pub.

There are countless online dating website, some of them are free and others are subscription sites. The free websites have more users, but people tend to not be as serious as those on paying websites. Once you’re selected a website you want to use, here are the steps you need to follow:

PROFILE

Some dating sites restrict you access to profiles and photographs, unless you’re a paying member. This helps to maintain a level of privacy for users who pay for their membership. Start with the basics of who you are and what you’re looking for in a partner. You will need to include physical features, but remember that while you’re tempted to make yourself a little taller or slimmer, if you do meet this person face-to-face, they will need to recognise you!

The more information you include, the easier it is for the website to find your perfect match. So include interests and activities, and be ready to answer a huge range of questions, from the number of pets you own, to if you have tattoos. You can be as specific as you’d like, such as religion and sexual preference.

The photo is the next step. If you’re serious about online dating, you need to include an image of yourself, because response rates increase when other members can see profile pictures. Choose something recent, and flattering, and that shows a bit of your personality.

MAKING CONTACT

Once your profile is set up, you’re ready to start! When you see a profile that appeals to you, send them a message. You need to know that not everyone will reply, and it could be because their profile is inactive, they aren’t paying members, they’re busy, or that they don’t think they’re compatible with you. The more people you contact, the better your chance that someone will email you back. When you have a reply, you can start getting to know the person, and remember that there is no pressure to meet anyone – it’s completely up to you.

MEETING IN PERSON

When you and your online dating partner have been chatting online for a while, it’s important to speak to them over the phone too. Then, if you want to meet face-to-face, choose a public place, at a time when there will be other people around. You should also tell your friends or family that you are meeting this person.

DATING DANGERS

There are countless love stories of people who have met and married through online dating, but because people can hide behind their computers – and set up fake profiles – you need to be wary of scammers and predators. So, here are some dating dos and don’ts:

  • Never give out your private contact information
  • Never send money
  • Arrange your own transport
  • Speak on the telephone before agreeing to meet in person
  • Have your first date in a public place
  • Listen to your instincts

Internet dating isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in giving the virtual dating world a try, here are some of the top online dating apps:

  • Tinder: It’s easy to use and you simply say “yes” or “no” to images via Facebook
  • OkCupid: Matches are made based on a list of questions you answer
  • Tickr: This is a video-only dating app that uses short movies to connect people
  • Plenty of Fish: Membership is free but the signup is time-consuming
  • eHarmony: Over 1 million people have married through this site since 2000

Good luck in your search for Mr. or Mrs. Right!

When you decide to go on a date, call GetMore and we’ll suggest popular restaurants or coffee shops where you can meet. If you’ve had a great date and you want to send flowers or chocolates, just call us on 084 11 438 48 and we’ll deliver anything at a discount.

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