Online dating is a growing industry. Exact figures are hard to find but it is thought that that around one in five couples now meet online and that up to two thirds of single people in the UK have now tried online dating. So what are the advantages of online dating and how can you maximise your chances of meeting someone special online?
Why Online Dating?
People lead increasingly busy lives and it can be difficult to meet new people. Online dating gives you access to hundreds of potential partners who you know are looking for the same thing as you – a successful and lasting relationship. Unlike meeting someone in a bar, you will have had a chance to find out what you have in common in advance by reviewing each other’s profiles. You will have already chatted by email, so conversation at the first meeting should flow more easily.
Online dating also provides more security. You can get to know someone before you meet and can tell family or friends where and when you are meeting as an extra safety measure. Contrast this to meeting someone in a pub, bar or club where you have often had a few drinks and may be more vulnerable.
One of the attractions of online dating is that it is usually a low-cost way of meeting a potential partner. Compare the amount of money you would spend going to bars to try to meet someone with a free online dating service or sites with low subscriptions. The cost benefits soon become apparent.
Tips for Successful Online Dating
There is a wide variety of online dating sites on the market. Before you sign up to any of them, it is worth doing some research to decide on the best one for you. If you have specific requirements in a partner – for example if you are looking to meet someone over 40 or someone of a specific faith or belief – then look for specialist sites. You are most likely to find potential matches with people with similar interests. Think about what you like to do and what is most important for you in a relationship and try to find a site that will provide appropriate matches.
Once you have decided on a site, put some time and thought into your profile. Ensure that your photo is attractive but also a realistic likeness. Make sure that all the information in your profile is correctly spelled and that you have used proper punctuation.
Don’t necessarily wait for everyone else to make the first move. You can start the ball rolling as well. Send ‘winks’ to people you would like to get to know. Even if you are not very interested in someone who gets in contact with you, it is a good idea to reply anyway. You never know where a bit of online chatting could get you! It is important to be positive when you are contacting or meeting people. They do not want to hear negative stories. Bear in mind that it can take time to meet someone. It could take a few months and a few dates, so don’t give up immediately.
The statistics show that online dating works and is a good way to meet people. However, as with all things in life, you can’t expect instantaneous results. Do your research, make sure your profile presents the best portrait of you and then enjoy the process. You never know what is round the corner!
About the Author: Shirley Jones is a freelance content writer and she writes articles and blogs on free online dating service and other dating related services.