Five ways to enjoy online dating while improving your chances, according to a psychologist

Online dating tips: the nine-step guide
  1. Make sure you are ready to start dating. …
  2. Find the best dating site for you. …
  3. Take advantage of online personality tests and intelligent matchmaking. …
  4. Create a good online dating profile. …
  5. Put up the perfect profile photo. …
  6. Make a great introduction with your first message. …
  7. Take your time!

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9. Meet up as soon as you feel comfortable.

People can get trapped in an endless text conversation that goes on and on for weeks, never moving it into real life or waiting so long to go on the date that it puts unnecessary pressure on it to go perfectly. Its also easy to sink weeks into texting and messaging someone regularly only to realize theres no chemistry in person when you finally go on the date.

“You want to be face-to-face with someone as quickly as possible. Thats how you figure out physical attraction and body language,” former eHarmony CEO Grant Langston once told mbg. “Youre not here for a pen pal. Once youve figured that out, just go and have that cup of coffee or go on that walk.”

A first date doesnt have to be a big thing, by the way—it can just be a short walk or even a video date.

2. Write a profile that mirrors what you want.

Put some thought into your profile! If youre mostly looking for fun and laughs, a short and witty profile might be perfect. If youre looking for a deeper connection with someone, write a longer and more thoughtful profile that showcases who you are, what you like to do and think about, and what kind of person you want to invite into your life.

Relationship therapist Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, notes that its OK if your profile doesnt speak to everyone. “Write a selective and well-tailored profile,” she writes at mbg.

3. Use clear photos of your face, ideally smiling.

Its good to have a variety of photos of yourself on your dating profile. Make sure your face is clearly visible, and dont make the first photo a group shot where its not clear which person is you. Smiling photos tend to appeal to most people—it makes you seem approachable and fun. If possible, showcase some of your personality in the photos too: a shot of you laughing, a shot of you outdoors if you love nature, or a shot of you in PJs with a decaf coffee if thats your ideal Friday night.

“Make sure that your photos are current and realistic,” Milrad adds.

FAQ

What should I know before starting online dating?

On that note, while 30% of U.S. adults have used online dating, only 12% of U.S. adults said they found a committed relationship or got married as a result of that usage (or 39% of online daters).

What are the rules of online dating?

On that note, while 30% of U.S. adults have used online dating, only 12% of U.S. adults said they found a committed relationship or got married as a result of that usage (or 39% of online daters).

What is the success rate of online dating?

On that note, while 30% of U.S. adults have used online dating, only 12% of U.S. adults said they found a committed relationship or got married as a result of that usage (or 39% of online daters).

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