Online dating is a good way to increase your chances of meeting the right person. However, if you put all your eggs in one basket and depend on Match.com or eHarmony.com to serve you the love of your life on a platter, then you could be waiting a very long time. You should think of online dating as an added bonus, a supplement to your social life that helps you get out there and meet people.
But finding the right person online can be tough; in my experience, the guys’ pictures were from two years prior–when they weighed less–and were taken in the perfect light to make them look better. Also, I came across a lot of liars who found it difficult to tell me their real ages, heights or marital statuses. I also sat through boring, weird conversations. Everyone says they have “a great sense of humor.” The problem is, sense of humor can vary big time! I’m very sarcastic, so practical jokes and light comedy don’t make me laugh–and dates can get annoyed if you don’t at least fake a laugh.
If you don’t want to get too discouraged with online dating, follow my tips to help speed up the process and get you closer to finding The One:
1. Don’t keep sending emails back and forth to “get to know” that person before meeting him or her. Schedule the first date/meeting right away. People can be totally different in person than they are on the computer, and you don’t want to be too disappointed!
2. Don’t make the first time you meet a long dinner date or outing. You do NOT want to be stuck with a weirdo for a long time.
3. Following tip #2, tell your date that you only have time for one or two drinks, and then leave (maybe you’re getting dinner with friends?). This will leave him or her wanting more. Guys, especially, fall for this; they like the chase!
4. Schedule at least two dates every time you go out. Why would you want to get all decked out every single time you meet someone for one or two drinks? After doing this over and over, you realize the amount effort you put in every time you have a first date. This way, you are already looking great when you meet the next person after you leave the first!
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