Have you ever tried online dating or are you too scared to give internet dating platforms a chance? While this method of meeting potential partners doesn’t have a perfect reputation, it has its advantages and can be a good alternative to regular, traditional dating – especially in this day and age.
Whether you want to try to meet someone online or you’re currently in the middle of one, these pieces of advice will surely help you out.
Here are twelve smart online dating tips for women.
1. Stay confident – and make sure you show it.
Online dating often requires you to communicate with different people you’ve never met in person and this is challenging. You’ll encounter different profiles which present beautiful photos, different skills, talents, or characteristics. Don’t be intimidated by this because everyone is unique.
Trust yourself and have faith in your own “wow factor”. Be confident when talking to someone to let them know that you know what you’re doing. More importantly, be welcoming yet assertive and don’t let sweet words cloud your judgments. Know what you want and what your goals are.
2. Tell the truth – but don’t give them everything.
Of course, you have the choice to hide something about you when it comes to online dating. You don’t need to disclose everything, but the things you put in your profile or how you present yourself to other people must be true.
This will build trust and reflect how you are as a person. Lying about yourself will not only lessen the number of possible matches but can also be a problem in the future once you’ve established a relationship.
3. Be careful and follow your instinct.
One risk of online dating is that you will never fully know someone unless you meet them. Always be cautious when talking to people online. Don’t just easily give your personal details to anybody especially if you’ve just met them.
Most importantly, make sure that they’re actually a real person with a genuine identity and not just someone pretending to be someone else because they think they’re not attractive or likable enough.
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4. Look for reliable and legitimate dating sites.
Dating sites are like venues for your dates. A few people like having their dates at cafés, some like museums, and others would prefer a nice walk in the park. You have to know which dating sites are perfect for you. Read online articles or reviews of users to know which of them are the most reliable and safe. You can also try out different dating sites to know which matches your preferences.
5. Keep an open mind and embrace new things.
You will meet people who have different sets of beliefs, traditions, and opinions. You have to learn to accept them or be able to adjust. If you’re not comfortable or if you think you are not compatible with them, don’t be afraid to speak out. However, you must always remember to respect your differences because the things that you think are right might not be the same for them. Be ready to learn and share things with other people.
6. Don’t judge a book by its cover—or by their profile.
When you’re into dating online, you should know that some people might not be very familiar with how it works. Sometimes, you might come across profiles that don’t tell much about the person or maybe a picture that isn’t very striking. Profiles don’t tell everything about the person so it isn’t right for you to judge someone by it.
7. Don’t talk about your past relationships.
You’re meeting new people to build a new relationship, not to talk about your past relationships. It’s acceptable to mention someone from your past but if it’s the only thing that comes out of your mouth, it can be irritating and tiring. Be sensitive to how others would feel.
8. Learn to listen and show interest.
While it’s a good move to show your potential online date your best side, it’s also important to give them their chance, too. Let them express their ideas, listen to their stories and hear them out. It’s not a nice habit to do all the talking eighty to one hundred percent of the time.
However, when the person you’re talking to is a bit shy and kind of introverted, you can do something to encourage them to express their feelings without being too pushy and intrusive.
9. Don’t be afraid to make the first move.
The days are gone when most people judge a woman who makes the first move. If you are interested in someone, do something about it before you lose that person and regret it.
There are different ways that woman can do to get someone’s attention, especially if that person has the characteristics of an ideal partner – and it doesn’t have to involve dressing or talking seductively. Again, the first step to attract and win over a nice person online is to be confident.
10. Start with a good friendship first.
Don’t immediately jump into the romance territory because that’s not a good way to start a long-lasting relationship. Let your relationship be organic – start with a good friendship, building trust and bond, even if it’s just online.
Of course, there are times when you have to just be playful and casual, but if you want something serious to come out of your online dating experience, then you know what to do.
11. Learn when and how to say NO.
Establish boundaries not only for yourself but also for the people you meet and date online. It’s good to be liked and adored, but make sure that you’re not compromising your freedom to choose and to decide for yourself.
Learn how to clearly say NO, and make sure that you always get your message across. This will keep you safe and protected from those guys who just want to take advantage of you.
12. Decide if you want to meet them in person.
This advice should only be followed once you have established a clear picture of the sincerity and even the trustworthiness of this person you’re dating online. If you think that it’s time to finally meet them in person, then you can tell them about it and start making plans.
Online dating can be risky, but most people these days have actually found the love of their life online. What can first start as a casual conversation via the internet can blossom into a lifetime of love, romance, and companionship – so it matters that you do it right.
Hopefully, these pieces of advice will help you in finding your true love.