Updated: January 30, 2023
Then online dating offers you the possibility of finding one. However, online dating is no panacea and it can take a little effort to find the type of person who is right for you.
1. Which Website or App to Use
There are many different dating apps and sites to choose from, and in addition to the mainstream apps and sites, there are also many niche sites. While some of these sites may seem slightly strange at first, they can have a very important place for those who belong to specific niche groups.
2. Profile Pictures
The importance of first impressions is well known, and therefore the way in which you construct your dating profile will have an effect on the way in which others initially perceive and judge you. Having said that, the way in which some people construct their dating profiles is rather surprising.
3. Profile Descriptions
In addition to a profile picture, most dating sites allow users to write a brief profile, which describes them, both in terms of their interests and their personalities. However, it is surprising how unimaginative people can be. “I love to laugh” is a popular description. Surely, everyone loves to laugh.
4. Making Decisions
In addition to advertising yourself in your online dating profile, you also need to engage with the dating process by evaluating the profiles of other daters, to ascertain whom you like. Finkel at al (2012), suggest limiting oneself to a manageable set of dating candidates, which avoids the choice overload issue described earlier.
5. Opening Lines
If you see someone you like in online dating, then the next thing is to make contact. Therefore, what do you say as an opening line? Some of the more humorous lines which, by the way, were categorised as cute or flippant, were, “Didn’t we meet in a previous life?” “You remind me of a woman I used to date.” While lines such as these are not necessarily recommended, it is important to note the importance of humour.
Pretty much everyone states that they have a good sense of humour, and the acronym GSOH (Good sense of humour) is often used in dater’s descriptions. However, sense of humour can either mean that you laugh a lot at the jokes made by other people, or that you are good at making other people laugh—what has been called humour appreciation or humour production.
The goal in online dating is ultimately to meet the person with whom you have been chatting, and it is probably important to meet up as soon as possible. After all, you don’t necessarily want a long-term online dating pen pal.
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