Many say that it is harder than ever to meet the right person in traditional places: school, work, through family and friends, or even by chance. This is why online dating sites are very popular with singles and with those who want to get back into the dating world for other reasons. Since online dating sites are a dime a dozen, the competition to find your ‘soul mate' is stiff.
Here are some tips in successfully navigating the world of online dating sites.
Begin by searching for online dating sites. As soon as you click on search, you will be bombarded by literally hundreds of online dating sites. You will need to do a bit of research. Visiting each and every dating site that has caught your fancy. Better yet, go to dating review sites that have already done the research for you. Two popular review sites are:
The reviews are based on user comments as well as editorial reviews. They tell you the pros and cons of different online dating websites. Review sites also give you a background of the application requirements per site plus other useful information you may need.
Look for a site that caters to you personally. There are generic online dating sites that do not have a specific criterion for their members. On the other hand, there are sites that specifically cater to certain groups. The online dating scene is highly diverse! For example, you can find sites for Adults daters, specific sexual orientation, a certain age group, status in life, interracial sites, for Christians or other specific religious affiliations, sites based on a hobby or sport, one for people living in a certain location, and sites that are populated by members belonging to a particular career (only chefs). So look for that particular site that matches your personal preference. This narrows down the type of persons whom you will meet.
Create a great profile. Once you have joined the site, practice honesty. No one should start a possible relationship on the wrong foot. When filling out your profile form, don't write 25 as your age when you are actually 45. Learn the art of writing negative facts about you into something positive. For example, if you are unemployed write "currently reviewing job prospects" instead. Don't brag. It's a turn off. At the same time, don't write down too many personal details. Include a flattering photograph of your current self.
Search for other members with the same interests. Look over profiles with clear pictures or videos of the member. Trust your instincts when choosing who to get to know. And, take advantage of the voice or webcam chat feature so you can get a better impression of the member.
Don't feel guilty in using the dating site's security features. You have to face the fact that not everyone on the site is likeable or honest. If you feel like blocking someone who has put you off, do so. And, don't be afraid to report improper behavior to the site's owners.
Online dating sites are no longer once size-fits-all deals. Many have branched into special sites that cater to sexual orientation, age groups, religious affiliations, careers, hobbies and location. From free sites to ones that charge variable fees, you have a rainbow of choices out there. In the end, trust your instincts in choosing a site and in choosing members to get to know. You can always leave the site if you are unhappy with their service.