Internet dating can be a fun way of meeting potential partners, and with thousands of people now signed up to dating sites, finding a match online has never been easier.
Finding a match through online dating is the ultimate aim of the game when you sign up to a dating website or internet chatroom. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual or trans, we’re all of us after the same thing when we go online in the hunt for love – finding the perfect partner for the sort of relationship we want, and hopefully enjoying the search in the process. Online dating can yield results in record time, and with one in five relationships now said to begin with an internet match, there has never been a better time to sign up and start meeting like-minded people.
For those who are new to the world of online dating, or those who simply need a refresher after some time away, here are a few top tips to help you find your perfect match.
Know What You Want First
Some people sign up to online dating because they want something casual or short-term, while others are out there actively seeking a long-term partnership or hoping to find ‘the one’. When you first sign up, be clear in your own mind what it is you’re looking for from a relationship and make sure the people you connect with know it too. People will almost always tick boxes to explain what they want from a new relationship, so strike up conversations with those who want the same thing as you and narrow down your matches that way.
There’s no point in hiding things when you start online dating, and there’s no point in lying. If you tell prospective partners that you love French cinema or are fluent in Japanese when you’re not, then don’t be surprised when you’re eventually caught out. There’s nothing more disappointing than discovering someone is not quite as interesting, smart or fun in real life as they pretended to be when they could hide behind an online dating profile. Be truthful about everything, from your profession, height and eye color down to your favorite books and movies – that’s the only way you’ll really find a match you’re attracted to, who shares your interests and enjoys the same things as you.
Flatter Yourself… But Not Too Much
By all means put up some really good photos of yourself – you want people to click on you and show an interest, after all! Just steer clear of showing the online dating community only your (heavily Photoshopped) highlights. People easily get bored of seeing only the filtered and flattering images, so try and show a broad range of pictures so people know what they’re getting. Meeting up for the first time in person can be a very deflating experience when you realize too late that your date looks nothing like their profile picture, and they’ll feel the same about you.
Look for Common Ground
It’s an obvious thing to say, but finding a match must be based on shared interests and other common ground. If films are the most important thing to you outside of work, then looking for matches based on that could be the best place to start – there’s no point wasting time on the person who says they don’t own a television and hate the cinema. The same goes for travel and foreign holidays, extreme sports, cooking and just about anything else you can think of. Most dating sites will allow you to narrow down your search on key terms, so decide what matters to you most and look for people who share similar pastimes and pursuits.
Don’t Feel Tied by Geography
Often when online dating we can feel we’re limited to looking for matches in the town or city we’re based in, but that can seriously limit the pond you’re fishing in. If you’re looking for your perfect match then consider extending the search area a little further afield, and you might find it returns some much more appealing results. Be prepared to be flexible and do a bit more leg work – after all, if the perfect match it returns lives twenty-one miles away instead of the twenty you had prescribed, what’s one more mile to meet someone special?
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