Get Ready for Rejection
First things first, don’t take a rejection to heart. Just because you didn’t connect with one date, it doesn’t mean it’s your fault. It works both ways. You may like someone as a person, but feel no romantic connection to them – so feel free to say no to dates that you know won’t work.
Beware of Exaggeration
Expect a degree of exaggeration from potential partners. They are trying to sell themselves to you so may embellish their attributes and achievements. Beware phrases like carrying a few extra pounds, cuddly, bubbly, manly and unconventional.
Search on a Sunday
Sunday is the best time to get online. Research shows that peak time for users on Tinder, OkCupid and Match are all on a Sunday afternoon, especially after 5pm. Most experts recommend dedicating at least 30 minutes every evening to the process.
Your Photo is Super Important
Your face is the first thing on which people will judge you. Look straight into the camera and smile showing your teeth – this says open, friendly, healthy and confidence. A recent study of the most popular profiles on dating sites showed 88 per cent are making eye contact with the camera in their profile picture. Keep your photos fresh, and swap out your primary photo frequently. You look like a new user and people who might have missed you before are more likely to give you a second look.
Dating online is no more or less safe than the outside world. That said, don’t allow yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security just because you’re sat behind a computer screen – think very carefully before giving someone your personal details such as your phone number.
Ask a Friend
Ask one of your IRL friends to have a look at your profile and give you their opinion on it. Think online dating is embarrassing? Remember you’re joining a pretty big club of over 5 million people – you’re not alone! It’s just another way to meet new people – nothing to be embarrassed about.