Online Dating Advice

Posted on 01. Dec, 2012 by in Online Dating Advice

Online Dating AdviceInternet dating has come a long way in the past decade. In the late nineties and early noughties, internet daters were thought of as creepy losers with no social skills who live in a basement playing computer games all day. Flash forward to 2012 and everybody’s doing it!

Online dating site Plenty of Fish receives 40,000 new users per day and has over 1.26 million average daily visits per month., meanwhile has 1.22 million average daily visits per month, with the total number of users spending 696 minutes on the site.

There are even dating sites to suit different types of people: online dating for over 50s, online dating for single parents. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a dating site tailored to your tastes!

Some dating sites are free, others are subscription based. Either way, to make the most of the site here are a few rules to follow:

Use a Recent Photograph

First impressions do count. Make sure your profile is accompanied by a flattering, recent photograph of your face. While you may be proud of your car or your pets, other site users are more interested in seeing your face. It’s best to use a recent photograph as putting up a 10-year-old photograph can give the other users the wrong impression. Also, make sure that you’re alone in the photograph. Putting up pictures of you and your friends can lead to confusion.


When writing your profile, try and keep it short, punchy and steer clear of negative language. Avoid putting your past relationship experiences on your profile or mentioning your ex.

Be Truthful

There’s not much point in lying about your age, profession or your body type on your dating profile. Once you meet a person in real-life it will become pretty apparent that you weren’t honest. The same applies for your hobbies and taste in music. Just because you have a thing for surfers or for musicians doesn’t mean you should pretend you’re one as well.

Once you’ve made a profile you might find that you’re inundated with messages or you may only receive a few. You may also find that some people don’t reply to your messages. Try not to take it too personally. Some people rarely check their messages and others may have abandoned the site completely.


When you do start exchanging messages with someone and decide that you want to meet in real life, your main priority should be safety. Never give personal details such as address or bank account details to anyone on a dating site. When you meet, make sure it’s in a public place where there are lots of people, and let your friends or family know where you are going and who you are meeting.

The date might be a success, it might be a damp squib. If you do enter into a relationship with someone you met online, why not sign up to the CoupleConnection where you can find lots of relationship advice and tips on how to strengthen the relationship? Go the to find out more.

If you have tips for online dating of your own, please share them in the comments below.

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