What Are You Really Looking For Online?

If you are considering dipping your toe into the ocean of online dating sites, then you really need to be aware of what you are looking for. With hundreds of online dating sites each advertising special deals and offers, it can be somewhat daunting to know what you are even looking for! I have had my fair share of online dating encounters over the last few years, some brilliant and some dreadful but the main piece of advice that I could give you is to put yourself into the situation that you want to be in.

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My Worst First Date

When I first started venturing into the world of online dating, I had a lot of awful experiences. I found that my dates were often what I had expected, or who they had portrayed themselves to be. There was one instance, one first date, which by far exceeded the rest. It was the single worst night of my entire life.

We had been chatting online for a month or so on Plenty of Fish, and I had become really excited to meet him. It sounded like we had a lot in common, and I was looking for someone to have fun with without any serious expectations. When the time came for our first date however, it was nothing like I had hoped or expected. I blame this on my naiveté having only gone on a few dates with people I had met online previously.

Bad First Date

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How Do I Create An Appealing Online Profile?

The profile that you create on an online dating site is essentially an advertisement for yourself. It is your one and only chance to project yourself in the way that you want, and to attract the kind of people that you are looking for. The importance of your personal profile cannot be underestimated and if you do it well then it could determine the difference between you meeting the love of your life or eating meals alone in front of the TV for the rest of your days.

Firstly before writing anything, remember that the purpose of meeting people online is (usually) to eventually meet them in the real world. Therefore you need to give a realistic impression of yourself so that the person does not get the wrong idea of who you are. It can be all too tempting to exaggerate and elaborate when creating your online alter ego, ‘I was a first league footballer’ when in fact you haven’t played since 4th grade.

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Is Online Flirting Really Cheating?

With it being so easy to chat with people online any time of the day or night, it can actually become confusing when simple conversations become a little too flirty. In the past flirting has included eye contact, brushing of a leg or flicking of the hair but what about the online dating world, where communication is mainly through text.

The question that has arisen since the explosion of online interactions of is whether it is OK to chat to people online when you have a partner. Well the simple answer would be that if you are engaging in a conversation online that you would not be comfortable with your boyfriend or girlfriend seeing, then you should not be having it.

But is it really that simple?

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Is Online Dating Really Safe?

Nowadays people shop, do their banking and make friends online, so it is only natural that people are now finding their soul mates online as well. There are some great dating sites around where genuine and sincere people are looking for a relationship just like you. Millions of people find love online every year, and as long as you take the necessary measures, there is no reason why you can’t too.

Unfortunately online dating sites are also home to many predators who are either out to get your money or to live out their sick and warped fantasies. The good news is that reputable dating sites are now screening for sex offenders. They also monitor messages and chats so that they can notice any shifty behaviors. Maybe a user is speaking to an abnormal amount of people at once, or sending links to spam sites.

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Places To Meet Your Online Date

Lets say you just met someone on eHarmony and have just set up your first date. Meeting on online date for the first time can be nerve-racking and, in some cases, absolutely terrifying. To make the date more comfortable and enjoyable, you must pick the ideal locale. Restaurants and movies, while traditional, can make the date more tense. You are in close quarters, and this makes the conversation seem much more personal and intimate. Below are four suggestions of places to meet an online date for the first time to reduce the anxiety:

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How To Spot A Married Online Dater

American statistics have shown that 22% of married men have had an extra marital affair at least once in their lives. Surprisingly women are not that much better with over 14% having strayed from their husbands. Count in all the thousands who were not surveyed or would not admit it, and we have a pretty high number of dishonest love rats!

The Internet provides the perfect opportunity for people to canoodle and communicate with people in secret whilst being in no danger of their partners finding out. In fact there are even websites that are purely designed for illicit encounters, actually promoting extra maritial affairs!

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How To Spot A Fake

People are fooled by scammers every day online and you’ll definitely encounter many unsavory characters when online dating. While scammers are more prevalent on free dating sites like Plenty of Fish, even sites like eHarmony have their share of scammers as well. These con-artists are getting more and more sophisticated, so believe me even the smartest of us can be fooled!

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Real Me Versus the Virtual Me – How Much Should I Share Online?

Imagine turning to that person that you have sat opposite every morning on the train to work and gushing out intimate details of last nights’ passionate encounter. Of course (although it may give them a pretty entertaining journey) this scenario seems completely absurd. So why are we all so ready to form intense relationships and bonds online?

The usual hangups that people possess in normal life are abolished online, and basically anything goes. Feeling kinky? Well just go to a sex chat room and discuss fantasies that you may not have even revealed to your closest friends or partners. Looking for love? Well why not discuss with a stranger you just met on Match.com that you believe you are single due to your childhood hangups that still haunt your dating life?

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