How Does Online Dating Work?

How Does Online Dating Work?How Does Online Dating Work?

The Information Highway

Meeting someone on the information highway can be just as rewarding as meeting them in a coffee shop. That being said, it can also be just as frustrating, but at least you can be frustrated in the comfort of your own living room. When people find themselves between relationships, they can use the vintage way to meet somebody new, or they can use the innovation of the Internet to meet like-minded people. Besides, meeting someone in a mall or at a nightclub has its own share of anxiety. You only have a few hours to decide if he is worthy of your phone number, or she would not normally not be your first choice, but there isn't much to choose from in the club scene. When you meet someone online, you have your pick of thousands. Not to mention, people are a little more willing to let their guards down because they are being protected by cyber anonymity.

Picking a Site

Some online dating sites are free, while others charge a membership fee. Once you are comfortable enough with a service to join, you need to create a user name and a profile to be used on the dating site.
When creating a user name be sure to choose something that would be somewhat engaging to cyber-suitors. The user name needs to pique curiosity.

The Profile

All online dating sites require its members to create a profile that can be read by other members seeking to meet someone. The profile should include a little of your past, some of your present, and what you are looking for in the future. Definitely include marital status, if you have kids, location, education, etc., and your favorite pastimes to warm the profile up. Dating sites will also require an essay describing your goals of the dating site. Most of the sites have set templates where your information can submitted very easily. They even have drop-down menus for members to include their interests and hobbies. A picture is also required for posting.

Let the Dating Begin

After the profile has been completed, the member needs to submit it to the site so the photo and the profile can be posted. When someone is interested in meeting another member, the site will notify them, or some sites provide email addresses where members can confidentially contact other members directly. If there is some cyber chemistry, the members can take it from there and continue to email each other. And if not, they are free to continue their search for somebody different.

Things to Remember

When creating your profile for a dating site, be honest. It is disrespectful to waste the time of others with lies. In addition, never compromise your safety. Don't forget, you are ultimately communicating with a stranger, so treat them as such until you are convinced they can be trusted.

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About the Author

LaShon Fryer began freelance writing in 2006 while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Temple University. Her articles have been published on the Web sites: Spend On Life, Powerful Voices for Kids and The Media Education Lab. Currently, Fryer is pursuing her Masters Degree in Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media at her Alma Mater.

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