Most people know at least one person who’s met their other half online. These days, it’s commonplace. But if you’ve been avoiding this form of dating so far, or only recently come out of a relationship, it’s natural to feel intimidated.

It is possible for you to meet your future partner online, but before you dive in, here are a few tips to get you oriented with this new way of meeting people.

  • Dating sites and “hook-up” sites are different

If you’re serious about finding someone to begin a long-term relationship with, do your research on the dating sites that you’re considering. Some sites are indeed focused on helping you meet prospective long-term partners, while others center on helping people connect just for the night.

  • The difference between free and paid subscription sites is significant

Choose a paid subscription site when you can. It’ll cost you a small sum each month, but you’ll get more of the features that can help lead you to a relationship, such as the ability to have an extensive profile and full messaging capabilities. On the other hand, free sites may restrict how much you can include in your profile, and their messaging systems are often limited.

Additionally, paid sites are more likely to have serious members who are willing to invest money in their search for a partner.

Additionally, paid sites are more likely to have serious members who are willing to invest money in their search for a partner. It’s more difficult to weed through free-site members, some of whom may have joined on a whim or left their accounts open even when they never engage with the site.

  • You’ll need your own profile, and you should take your time filling it out

Every dating site is slightly different, but they all require you to create some sort of profile. Naturally, this bio will include your name, age, location, occupation and whatever else you want to include. Most people add their interests, hobbies, likes and dislikes as well.

Your profile is what others will look at to determine whether you two might be a match.

Your profile is what others will look at to determine whether you two might be a match. Not only is it important to be honest in your profile, but you also want to make sure you fill out everything. Sparsely filled-out profiles often get overlooked. Add some flare, but don’t lie; think of your profile as an advertisement for yourself.

  • Getting to know people and flirting may feel different online

If you’re used to getting to know someone face to face, online dating might come as a shock. Depending on how well you’re hitting it off and how close you live geographically, the flirting and “courtship” period may take place mostly online via chat, text or email. In this way, if you’re serious about online dating, you’ll want to make sure you’re able to get online easily with a computer or a mobile phone.

  • If you’re ready to meet in person, take it slow at first

If you hit it off with someone online, that’s great. However, you still should proceed slowly, as someone’s online persona can manifest much differently in person.

Similarly, for safety’s sake, always meet for the first time in public. Don’t invest too much time or money into the first date. So far, you only know each other online, so a simple afternoon meet-up for coffee is perfect. If you like each other, you can always plan a more romantic get-together.

  • Find someone who’s familiar with online dating to help you

If you still feel overwhelmed as you enter the world of online dating, it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a friend or family member who has experience. They can steer you toward the best sites to sign up for, and give you tips on how to peruse others’ profiles and fill out your own.

Joining the online dating scene can certainly seem intimidating if you’re not familiar with it. But it truly is an excellent way to meet people and get back out there after a breakup or divorce. If you’re ready to give online dating a try, use the tips above to get you started.

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