Understanding the Unwritten Rules of Online Dating
Over 40 million singles are now using, or have used, an Online Dating service according to a recent survey.
That's a big business we're talking about here, and it has started a whole new era of dating with its own rules.
We all know the rules about how to stay safe on the Internet. We've been told a thousand times NOT to give out our personal information and to trust no one. But what about the unwritten rules? There really are some.
And it is THESE rules you need to know, written or not! Here's your first key towards Online Dating success.
Keep your expectations low. As corny as this sounds, it's better to be pleasantly surprised rather than bitterly disappointed. 96% of people who participated in Online Dating don't find a compatible match instantaneously, and this statistic will stand true even in time to come. There's a reason for that.
That 96% usually give up after one or two dates that don't turn out to be the love of their life. You must be persistent. "If at first, you don't succeed, try try again." And keep on trying until you find the right one. He or she is out there somewhere but it takes searching, screening and lots of dates to find him or her.
Don't Hurry to Respond an Email
I know... I know… most experts will tell you to respond right away but you really don't want to do that. Take your time.
Compose a response that is thoughtful and appropriate. Don't answer on holidays or weekends, either. Why? It makes you appear too eager or too desperate.
"When in Doubt, Tell the Truth"
Or so quoted by Mark. This serves as more than good advice in Online Dating.
When you write your profile, there really isn't any point in shaving years off your age, underestimating your weight or over estimating your height. So, don't even try it. Be yourself.
Once you meet in person all of those lies will be revealed and you will lose the "trust factor" and probably put an end to any hope of making the relationship a long term one with a "happily ever after" scene. Therefore, never tell a lie. It is the most damaging thing you can ever do to a relationship.