In the online dating world, everything your parents ever told you about being faithful goes out the window. It is your one true opportunity to play the field and meet as many singles as possible. The point of online dating may be to find your true match, but you’ll never really know who that is unless you exhaust all possibilities. No one’s feelings will get hurt; shopping around is the name of the game.
Here then are some tips on how to successfully play the online dating field.
Know what you’re looking for, but be open-minded
Just like searching for a job, finding your perfect match involves knowing what it is you’re looking for. The trouble is the more you narrow your list, the harder it may be to find someone who is truly right for you. In fact, the most successful online daters are those who are capable of remaining open-minded and even slightly adventurous. Allowing yourself the opportunity to be surprised will not only increase your contacts exponentially, but also the likelihood for love.
Take the time to search
There is never any need to rush on an online dating site (especially if there are millions of profiles!), so take your time and look around. Know that the best way to use a dating site is to be pro-active. Do not wait for other members to find you, be on the look out for people you find attractive. Start with the singles in your immediate region, but also don’t be shy to see who’s online at any given hour. Looking for people who share similar interests or tastes may be another good approach, but remember to always read a profile carefully in order to make the most of your time.
Always be upfront and honest
It may be out in the open that you are meeting and corresponding with multitudes of singles, but it would still be a good idea to be upfront and honest with everyone you meet. Simply telling a person that you are not interested, or that you are taking the time to meet many people will go a long way towards creating a respectful atmosphere.
Always send personalized emails
One of the best ways to introduce yourself is to send a unique, personalized email asking members if they would like to chat one day. Don’t be afraid to be funny, and to talk about yourself. This is your mini-sales pitch, so take your time and send out as many as possible.
Chat, chat, chat
Unlike approaching people in bars or public settings, online dating allows a far easier method of meeting new singles: the chat. Diving right in is the best medicine for those anxious to get started, so once you’ve looked through some of the available singles and selected those you’re interested in, get busy chatting! Looking at a profile, after all, can only get you so far. The more you talk and correspond, the more you’ll find out about a person’s character.
Finding your perfect match is the name of the game in online dating, but to get to that destination, you need to put yourself out there and meet as many singles as possible. Playing the field is then a necessary part of the online adventure, so have fun with it, chat often, meet many safely, and be lucky in love.