Tips for Online Dating

There are dozens on online dating sites nowadays, including sites geared towards specific demographics such as seniors and others like Christian Mingle that focus on matching religious beliefs as part of the dating game. If you’re tempted to join one or more in order to start dating here are some tips to help you get started!

Be honest. While we all put on our best face when meeting new people, don’t use a 10 year old photo because you’ve gained 30 pounds and don’t think you look as good as you used to. Likewise, don’t say you’re a chef if you’re a short order cook and above all don’t claim to be single if you’re married or in a committed relationship.

Be discrete. Don’t go overboard with the private details of your life, as you don’t want strangers to know your address, place of work, or where your kids go to school. Find a nice balance without making yourself vulnerable to cons.

Be safe. Make sure you meet in a public place such as a coffee shop, tell someone where you’re going, who you’re meeting, and what time you’ll check in after you get home safely.

Be polite. If your date goes well but you don’t get a follow up call afterwards let it go. Don’t badger them with messages or phone calls if you don’t hear from them again as they have their own reasons they may wish to keep private.

Be discerning. That means following your inner instincts, too. For example, if you use a Christian Mingle coupon to meet someone who shares your beliefs yet they hesitate to talk about their religious views there might be a good reason. While most members are looking for companionship just like you there are a small number of predators looking for their next mark!

Watch your wallet. If you’ve just met someone and they give you a story of financial hardship they may be trying to be upfront with you and that’s a good thing. If they ask you for a loan or investment on the second or third date it should set off warning bells.