6 Online Dating Mistakes to Avoid – More and more singles are using dating sites for seeking potential partners. They’re convenient, they have in-built algorithms to ensure compatibility, and you get to know people from the comfort of your home. There are so many pluses if you want to meet people online. But you should also pay close attention to the minuses. Here are six online dating mistakes which are far from uncommon and must be avoided.
Not questioning motives
Security should be your paramount concern about meeting someone who is, after all, a complete stranger to you. It is fine getting the impression of a bubbly and friendly individual by reading the text messages they send, or by being captivated by that twinkle in the eye of their profile photograph. But what if the image is of someone completely different? Are they repeating the same glib comments to any number of site users? What are their ulterior motives? A reality check is required. The majority of people signing-up to use dating sites are doing so for the same reasons as yourself: they are seeking a loving partner. But there are isolated individuals who cannot be trusted.
Don’t put yourself in vulnerable positions
Prior to arranging a hook-up, find out as much as possible about the person. It might be the case their behaviour has previously been reported to the website owners. If you reach the stage where your are tempted to organize a face-to-face meeting, choose somewhere public. Under no circumstances arrange to go somewhere you will be alone with them until you get to know them properly.
Don’t make things up
When describing yourself in your profile, there is no point inventing a list of interests or achievements just because you assume they will make you appear interesting. Neither is it appropriate to use a heavily Photoshopped image of yourself. At some point you will actually be meeting this person who will only be disappointed if you come across as having misled them. Honesty is always the best policy.
Don’t edit out your ‘flaws’
When it comes to starting to build a sense of chemistry with someone online you should present an accurate version of yourself. Never be tempted to deny any quirks you might have, such as your unusual cinematic tastes, your dislike for a certain type of cuisine, or especially aspects of your physical appearance. Again, it is all about being trustworthy and upfront at all times and certainly not pandering to some abstract idea of perfection.
Don’t send downbeat messages
As you are steadily getting to know someone in the chat-room of an online site, it is important to keep in mind that your communications should be upbeat and interesting. There may well be other things going on in your life that you are far more stressed about; best to keep these situations to yourself until you become better acquainted. While you are at the stage of building a rapport, try and keep your messaging lively and generously injected with flirty remarks.
Don’t be too fussy
Just because you are using the Internet to connect with a seemingly never-ending pool of potential talent, resist the urge to be instantly dismissive. Patience is always a virtue, especially when it comes to clicking with someone it might take some time to click with!