You might be hesitant but interested in online dating, or you might have tried it before and failed. It can be a frustrating experience if you don't know what you're doing. This is why we're here to give you a few tips to get it right and get the date you want!
In this era, virtual connections are almost all we've got. There are millions of individuals using online dating services, and probably a few thousand in your local area. There are lots of interesting people to meet, and among those people could be your soulmate. Your chances of finding love and making connections online are higher than they have ever been.
So, what exactly do you need to set you up for success?
1. The perfect profile picture
Your profile picture is the first thing that potential matches will use to judge whether they want to talk to you. A picture is seriously worth a thousand words, and you want your picture to show the type of person you are in a flattering way. Showcase your personality through your hobbies, for example. The latest Aldi catalogue has the perfect accessories for your pic if you like painting or drawing. Hold your paint brushes, stand next to your canvas and viola!
Use natural light and take the picture in a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable. You don't have to look like an Instagram model or a movie star but make it interesting. You want to draw that potential match in.
2. An interesting bio
Along with your profile picture, your bio will give your potential dates an idea of who you are. It's not a resume or a list of things about yourself but a preview.
The best way to be sincere and genuine is to write in a conversational and informal way. Don't hype yourself up and talk about how great you are; instead, talk about the things you love to do. Are you an anime fan? Are you passionate about gardening? Do you collect stickers or jewellery? What are the things you love to do? Don't be afraid to tell people about what you love. It shows confidence and is a way of opening up before you get to chatting.
Be careful about saying too much though. You want to have just enough for someone to get interested. You'll have all the space and time to really talk about yourself when you've found a match.
Think about the type of person you're trying to meet and the reasons why you've chosen to endeavour on this online dating adventure. What type of relationship are you looking for, and what do you value? One of the most important things is to state what you're looking for.
When you're done, have a friend or a family member go through your bio to see if it's an accurate representation of who you are.
3. A great first message
Now that you have an awesome bio. What do you do?
Don't bring out the big guns and flirt from the first step. You want them to be comfortable with you. Being overly flirtatious in the very first message can come off as fake and desperate.
Look at the person you're writing to: read their bio and look at their pictures to determine what they might be interested in. A good conversation starter is a compliment on a picture, a comment on a hobby or something interesting they said in their bio. Find something you can relate to and make use of it. When you're ready to send your message, don't forget to proofread. A message full of typos and errors looks rushed and sloppy.
If you're not one to send the first message, decide that you will reply only to someone who has put a little effort and thought into messaging you. That way, you set yourself up for genuine connection and conversation.
4. Keep an open mind.
If you've made a connection with someone, you might find that after exchanging a good number of messages, you feel ready to meet them.
But, if you don't get a date or make a new connection the first few tries, keep trying! Your conversational skills and flirting will get better, and you will know more of what it is you really want. Have fun and take your time! Patience will pay off in the end, and you will eventually find someone you connect with.