Low marriage rates are pushing many African-American women to turn to technology to find a mate. According to a Yale study, 42 percent of African-American women have never married, compared to 23 percent of white women. With males making up over half of the online dating population, message board and online dating provides a viable dating alternative for African-American women. Learn how you can use online message boards to switch up your dating routine or find a husband.
Exercise Honesty in Your Profile
If you are serious about meeting a mate online, avoid lying at all cost. Share your physical details honestly or refrain from answering these types of questions instead of lying if they make you feel uncomfortable. Answer questions about your occupation and interests truthfully because you want a mate who likes you based on your own interest. If you have children, disclose this fact in your profile before waiting until you meet potential mates to save time.
Expand Your Options
Consider expanding your options in potential mates to Non-African American men. Black women out-number black men by 1.8 million, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, which has led many black women to date inter-racially to increase their chances of finding a mate. Remain open to dating men of different races to expand your dating options.
Use Quality Photos
Photos play a huge role in whether a potential mate may or may not click on your profile. Select bright, in focus head-shot for your main profile picture. Avoid posting suggestive photos of your body parts on your profile to show potential mates you are serious about finding love.
Remain Cordial with Members
Exhibit the same behaviors online as you would offline. In his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, comedian and relationship-guru Steve Harvey says many people stereotype African-American women as brash communicators. Treat all pursuers nicely, even the ones you have no interest in, to avoid contributing to this stereotype and increase your chances finding a viable mate.
Reserve Personal Information
All online daters need to exercise caution when posting photographs and personal information online. Most members of online dating message boards are harmless, but the Internet is full of predators waiting for unknowing victims. Avoid sharing personal information like your full name, telephone number and email address with potential suitors until you are sure the person in question is trustworthy. Only meet in public places and tell a friend where you are going and who you plan to meet if you decide to meet online interests in person.
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- Brigham Young University: Online Dating Tips
- Edmonds Community College--Washington: Online Dating Safety Tips
- "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man"; Steve Harvey, Amistad, January 2009
- Huffington Post: Online Dating Statistics
- ABC News: Why Can't a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?
- Sexy black woman image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com