Sex & Relationships

How to make online dating work for you

The Growing Up Guide - Online Dating

Let’s talk about dating. There are so many questions when it comes to dating. How, when and with whom?! Life is busy and what with one thing and another there often isn’t enough hours in the day.

Surely that’s where online dating can be a wonderful thing to maximise both time and opportunity.

Now we all know that there so many different  sites/apps to try all offering a range of features from free to fee paying, with lots of different formats and styles.

Only you will know which one is best suited to you, so research and word of mouth are usually the best way forward.

Be honest

Upload your best but also recent photographs of yourself, and don’t lie about likes and interests to make your profile sound better – let’s face it there’s no point selling yourself as an adrenaline junkie who loves nothing better than bungee jumping and skydiving if in fact you are terrified of heights. If you decide to meet up with someone you’ll be wasting both yours and their time.

Take the plunge and explore the site

Don’t simply wait to receive messages, be brave and if someone catches your eye, don’t be afraid to make the first move and get the messaging started.

Many sites have the option to send a little ‘flirt’ or a ‘wink’ to let someone know you’re interested, you can always start with this if it’s easier. Also remember to be visible, view lots of profiles so others can see your actively online and looking. That will increase your profile being shown.

Make your messages stand out

It can be off putting if you receive a message which feels like no effort has been made. Start as you mean to go on and get some captivating conversions started.

Read the profiles and find something that can get the conversation flowing. Pick out things they like doing that also interest you or you would like to know more about.

It’s also fun to start with some funny one liners sometimes this can break the ice, online dating doesn’t need to be too serious and who doesn’t love a cheeky little chat up line now and again.

Have fun with it

You’ll be in touch will many different people, some of whom will have similar interests to you, some completely different, again this can be a great ice breaker and topic of conversation.

You can set your preferences so that you are contacted from people in your specified age bracket etc, although I’ve found it’s good to keep an open mind. Don’t pass someone by simply because they don’t tick every single box, if you like someone see where it takes you and give messaging a try.

Go with the flow and enjoy it

Try not to get bogged down with wondering why you haven’t had a reply, if this is the case then move on. Everyone is different and we are all unique in our own wonderful way. The joy of online dating is that there are many, many people on there. That means lots of potential. Get chatting, see who you like and who you ultimately might want to meet up with and go for a date.

Online dating is a fab way to get in touch with a whole range of people, and connecting without having to leave the house. Whether you want to make new friends or find that something extra. The possibilities are endless, you’ve just got to give it a chance.

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