Online Dating 101: 5 Tips & Tricks


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You probably started out with really good intentions. You were going to meet the love of your life somewhere and live happily ever after. Life rarely works like that, though. Now you’ve realized that between school, work and other commitments, you barely have time to meet new potential partners anymore. One great way to get around that is through online dating. However, this is not for the faint-hearted, and here’s what you should consider before you sign up:

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#1. Have a catchy caption

Captions on online dating sites allow you to write about yourself and what you like. Having a great caption will definitely grab attention and get you that one step closer to finding the perfect match. Try to avoid long, complicated paragraphs and just stick to the basics. You can even create a list if there’s a word limit.

#2. Use a good, clear photo

First impressions matter a lot on online dating sites. Your photo could be the difference between someone sending you a ‘Hi’ message or keeping swiping. It doesn’t even have to be a professional photo! Just a simple, clear selfie alone is enough (make sure the camera angle flatters your face shape).Your main profile pic should never be a meme or a group photo where someone has to guess who you are. In addition, don’t use a celebrity’s photo.

#3. Beware of catfish 

There are people out there who take pics of random people on the internet and use them as their own on online dating sites. Others even pretend to be other people to an extent where they can even scam you then they disappear. The trick is to keep your expectations low until you meet with the person. Only then can you be sure that the online person matches with the real one.

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#4. Be clear about your limits

While online dating is in many ways much easier than traditional dating, one constant is that you have to know exactly what you want. Before signing up, ask yourself what kind of partner you’re looking for. This will help you to narrow down on your needs and the kind of matches you’ll give attention to. It will also help you to know when to stop the online banter and meet up with potential partners.

#5. Stay safe

It’s hard to be completely sure about someone’s intentions just from an online interaction. Put your safety first when meeting them for the first time. Go to a public place and make sure that your friends and family know where you are at all times. If something about them feels off, trust your instincts and end the date immediately.

 

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