Internet Dating: What Works, What Doesn’t

by eHarmony Staff

Internet Dating: What Works, What Doesn't

The goal of Internet dating is to meet a match. Meeting someone virtually opens up your pool of potential partners to those who don’t just hang out at the singles bar. Where else can you search from millions of other users to find someone that you’re compatible with? The first step toward dating is to be open to meeting people. Instead of finding love by chance, you are taking love into your own hands, increasing your odds of meeting the love of your life. But when it comes to Internet dating: what works and what doesn’t?

Internet Dating Top Tip: Be honest.

 

If you are being honest, you’ll feel at ease and won’t have anything to hide. This will also put you in the position to meet a potential match—who will be just that—a match. If the description of yourself on your online profile is false, it’s going to be a waste of time for you and your potential partner. If meeting the person in flesh and blood is the goal, ultimately your deception is going to be found out. It may seem tempting to increase your height by a few inches or shave a few years off your age but in the long run it won’t work. A good profile provides a truthful depiction of a person in words. Think of it as a verbal picture of you.

Know what you’re looking for.
One of the best things about Internet dating is that you can find a pool of people that you’re attracted to physically and emotionally. You can be matched on key personality traits and ensure your interests are similar. For example, if you don’t ever want to have children, don’t have your profile state that you’re considering it or if you just can’t stand dogs don’t suggest that you’re open to meeting someone with one. One of the greatest aspects of Internet dating is that non-negotiable things like age, location, religion, children, height and location are out in the open.

Internet Dating Must Have: Make sure your Profile Represents the Best You

In cyberspace, your profile is worth a thousand words. It represents what you’re all about and what you’re looking for in a mate. Therefore, it has to be almost perfect. Now, even the most outgoing, confident and computer savvy person isn’t going to create a perfect profile on the first try. It takes time, effort, and most important, thoughtfulness. Some newbies answer a profile question with a quick “yes” or “no” because they think they can’t come up with anything better. Move onto the question and come back later–anything is better than a one or two word answer! Remember, hundreds, maybe thousands of people are reading your response. Which brings us to our next point…

 

Mind your Grammar and Punctuation. Really.

Even in this day and age, you must fill out your profile as if you’re writing an essay, not sending a text message! You’d be surprised to learn that a lot of people will overlook a profile with misspellings, bad grammar and “text talk.” Hey, we’re not asking you to be a good speller or to love deconstructing sentences; we’re just asking you to fake it. Almost every computer has a spell and grammar check program, so use it before you create a profile for the world to see.

 

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