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Internet dating, or online dating as it is often called, is very do-able these
days. The big question is whether you want to do it or not. According
to recently published study by Pew Research (pewinternet.org/2013/10/21/online-dating-relationships/) only 11% of American
adults have used online dating sites. Even though that is a very
small percentage, the attitudes toward online dating have become
far more favorable.
Let us turn our attention to the
...steps to start internet dating. First, decide to do it.
Second, become knowledgeable about some of the better internet dating
sites to use. Third, become knowledgeable about some of the
technologies to use. Fourth, just jump in and get started.
First - decide to do it.
If you are single, lonely and would
like to find a mate, online dating is one of the methods to do so.
There is no point in excluding internet dating; it increases
your reach and you can examine a lot of details about a potential
mate before deciding to make the initial contact. It also has the
advantage of keeping up with the changing world.
Second – become knowledgeable...
...about some of the better internet
dating sites to use.
The most commonly used online
dating sites are Match.com, eHarmony.com, Plenty Of Fish (pof.com), OKCupid.com,
ChristianMingle.com and Zoosk.com
Match.com is the undisputed giant
amongst online dating sites and it is the oldest one. At
Match.com you create your profile and browse the profiles of others
to find your potential mate. It will be up to you to decide whom to
contact based on what you read in the profile. Match.com doesn't do
any matching for you. Match.com is not free to join.
Eharmony has the profiles of only those
people they have prescreened. When you apply to join eHarmony you
have to answer a 200 item questionnaire before eHarmony will accept
your profile. Eharmony also uses your answers to the questionnaire to
form your profile and match you with compatible profiles. Eharmony is
not free to join.
A dating website that is not free to
use but is very popular is Zoosk.com. It has more than 50 million
Badoo.com is a website that offers
opportunities to date, to use free online dating chat. Badoo also offers opportunities to make friends by meeting people IN YOUR
AREA. It is very popular, has almost 200 million members and is free
One website which is very popular in
the United States, Canada, U.K. And Brazil is PlentyOfFish.com. It
has more than 40 million members and it is free to use.
OKCupid is a large dating site with
more than 6 million members and it is free to use. With OKCupid it is
up to you to state your preferences and OKCupid matches you up with
those who match your preferences.
Your preferences may require you to use
a dating website that caters to your particular needs. One resource
you may find useful is a comparison of dating internet dating sites
by wikipedia at:
Third - become knowledgeable about some
of the technologies to use.
Some of the technologies to use are
Skype, social networking sites and smart phones.
I have mentioned Skype first because it
allows you to have a virtual date via a video call within minutes after making the
initial contact with a person you want to meet. If you don't have a
Skype account, go to skype.com and sign up for your free account.
Then convince a friend to do the same and make a few calls to the
friend so you can become familiar with making Skype calls. I find
Skype video calls to be so much better than voice calls.
If you don't have a Facebook (a social networking site) profile,
now is the time to sign up and create one. Don't worry about how it
works. Just create a profile and call a few friends and relatives and
tell them you have a Facebook profile. Respond to their friend
requests on Facebook.
Send out a few friend requests suggested by
Facebook and you will be on your way. You don't have to allow
Facebook to use your regular email list. Just send out friend
requests one at a time. You will have better control that way.
You probably know how to use a smart
phone already. It is quite important to get familiar with sending,
receiving and responding to text messages.
Fourth - just jump in and get started.
All that is left is to select an online dating
website, sign up, create a profile and get started. Use internet
dating as one of your methods of finding your mate. Millions of
singles are doing it.
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