Dos and Don’ts on Online Dating

If you’re busy building your future, you may not have a lot of time to meet new people. Many career women turn to online dating as an alternative way to meet men, and often find successful matches along the way. If this is something you’ve been considering, here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do when entering the world of online dating:

DO:

Be honest. Most likely the men you meet on an online dating site appreciate a woman who is honest about how they look and what they do for a living, so you should do the same. You don’t have to share personal details until later, but what you do post should be the truth.

Use a current photo. You’re different now that you were five or 10 years ago, so be confident in showing your face. Your date will appreciate the fact once you meet in person.

Take your time. Sure, online dating sites aren’t free, but they’re not bargain sales either. Don’t expect to find the perfect partner the first time you interact with someone.

If you decide to meet someone in person leave a friend their profile information, phone number, and the location you’re meeting them as well as the time you expect to be home. Check in as soon as you return so your friend knows you’re safe.

DON’T:

Don’t give out too much personal information. No matter how great the site screens applicants there are bound to be some guys out there with less than honorable intentions, so don’t share your address or other personal information.

Don’t expect an immediate romance. Just like in real life, it takes time to learn about another person, and we all put our best face forward when meeting strangers. If your date falls in love with you the first time you meet him it should be a caution flag as to his intentions.

Don’t tell your date where you work or how much money you make. If he presses you for financial details he may be more interested in your bank account than he is in you.

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