Online dating is once a fringe and stigmatized activity. Since the development of social media, people are becoming more open to the idea of online dating.
The critical thing is that it is not online dating—it is people meeting online, followed by in-person dating.
There’s something extraordinary about the romance of meeting the right one in person and hitting it off right away, but that does not apply to others. It is not the proper judgment to crush your experience to meet great people to try a first date with because it’s not as good a story to have met them online.
Choose the Dating Site You Think Is Right for You
There are dating sites known and respected for getting a serious relationship, and some are looking for just a hookup. There are no judgments here, as people have different preferences, and some want to have fun.
Be Honest in Your Profile
Be your authentic self. If you have children, pets, or if you are separated. You do not want to have a false perception of you. Tell them what you are looking for and whatnot, at least to filter your reference and avoid wasting time.
Post At Least Two Picture That is Warm and Welcoming
Avoid posting a provocative picture because it will send a different notion of what you are looking for. Sexy photos are okay, just don’t overdo it because it might send a wrong signal to men. Why two pictures? One is a head shot, and the other one is full length. At least you are not overselling yourself by posting a lot of pictures. If some are interested, and you had a good conversation, you can still send more as per request.
Choose the Person You Want to Connect With
You do not have to reply to every contact you receive. If you are not interested, you don’t have to respond to any of them. You can also block people who are leaving a nasty remark on you. You don’t want that negativity in your mailbox. Check their profile before you respond. It will save you time in choosing the person you think you can connect with, than just having a conversation to everyone.
Meet in Public and Make the First Date a Brief One
When it is time for you to meet, choose a public place where you are comfortable. Always think of your security and safety, do not ride on someone else’s car on the first date. Do not spend the whole day, especially at night, as it might lead to something else. Having a coffee or lunch date is recommended for the first meeting.