More and more people are turning into online dating to find love and romance. Right off the bat, I want to say that going online for dates does not make one desperate, or undateable. Work takes up most of our time these days that nobody really has the time to go out to bars and meet people. Aside from that, online dating is very accessible and convenient as there are hundreds of online dating sites for every known personality to mankind. So how can you be successful at online dating? Here are a couple of tips:
It’s all about the profile picture, my friend. Yeah, we may all blab about not judging a book by its cover and all that jazz but the truth is, you will still get judged for your physical appearance, like it or not. So bribe that photographer friend of yours to take a flattering picture of you. Do not, for crying out loud, use one of your bathroom selfies or MySpace-style self-portraits. Make sure that the profile photo is a reflection of the real you. For example, it may be taken at a museum if you are an artsy person or a photo of you after a soccer match if you are an active, outdoorsy type of person.
Write an interesting profile. Make sure that what you put in there is the genuine thing. Do not try to exaggerate because this is something that will just backfire on you at the end. Highlight the things you are passionate about. If you are passionate about something, then it will show up on paper. When listing hobbies, put an emphasis on the things that make you quirky or unique, like listening to obscure indie bands or reading Russian literature that nobody else seems to understand. Chances are, men who like the same stuff that you do will take a chance on you. And the two of you can probably hit it off right away because of the common ground.
Still, you need to be cautious when meeting men this way. Once you had an exchange of messages, search for him on Facebook and do a slight, harmless stalking to get a better idea of what he is like and the social circles he runs into. Use Google as well, just to make sure that he’s not some douchebag out to get laid or a fraud out to scam you. When meeting IRL for the first time, do be cautious enough to let your friends know about the date so they can keep tabs on you because, well, you never really know.