Beginner’s Guide to Online Dating

Whether you’ve been single for a while now or you’re in the wine-drenched throes of a bad breakup, online dating can seem a bit daunting. We’re here to tell you today that although it can be tough to put yourself out there, it’s always worth it to be vulnerable in the hopes of meeting someone new. You never know what’s out there until you look, and there are ways of making it easier on yourself so that you can be looking for the perfect person without becoming too overwhelmed. Check out our guide to stress-free online dating below.

1. Know what you’re looking for

This seems obvious, but many people sign up for a few different online dating apps without really knowing what they want. Are you ready to meet Mr. or Ms. Right and settle down to have kids, or are you looking for a few fun nights on the town with someone who you have some physical chemistry with? Do some soul-searching and figure out what’s right for you in this moment. The great thing about online dating is that you can always change your preferences. Be honest about where you’re at, and you’ll be able to find likeminded people who are looking for the same thing.

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2. Based on your preferences, pick the right app

There are so many online dating apps out there now that it’s impossible to sign up for them all. Ideally, pick one or two based on your preferences and stick to them for a while. If they don’t work, move on to a new one. It can be difficult to keep up conversations on multiple apps, and you risk missing out on someone great because you’re overwhelmed with all the different choices. Some apps focus on relationships, while others are more vehicles for arranging one night stands. Choose wisely.

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3. Write a complete profile

This goes along with the previous tip. If you have too many profiles on multiple different apps, you’re less likely to focus on crafting one great profile and more likely to skip over this part in order to move on to your next app. Spend a bit of time writing your profile since it’s what people will use to tell if they want to spend time with you. Ask some trusted friends about what your best qualities are, and incorporate that info into your bio.

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