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Online Dating: Its Pros And Cons

Nov 13, 2007
Dating is not what it used to be. Nowadays, people are turning to the Internet in order to find a date and potential soul mate. Free online dating is a new approach to dating. There are many advantages and disadvantages to online dating. Safety is one of the biggest issues. In order for free online dating to be successful, you should follow some simple steps.

Free online dating has many advantages. The Internet allows some people to be more open and adventurous. For instance, women often won't go up to a stranger in a bar and strike up a conversation. However, online dating allows those who are shy to make the first move.

Online dating gives people the chance to weed out people they would never be interested in. With the online dating services that are available today, people who are not compatible are not paired up with each other. If you are a non-smoker, you can request that only profiles of non-smokers be sent to you. Likewise, if you only want someone who has children, you can request that those profiles be sent to you.

Free online dating allows you to meet people from all over the world. Under normal circumstances you would only meet people who are local to you. But with online dating, you can meet people from your own state, as well as other states.

If you plan on posting a picture of yourself, make sure it is a good picture. Do not include kids, pets, family or friends in the picture. You will want the picture to be as clear as possible. This will allow onlookers to get an accurate feel of your looks.

It is important that you are always honest. Whenever you approach online dating, it is often times very easy to lie. However, honesty is definitely the best approach. Although some may turn away from your honesty, others may be in fact drawn in closer with it.

If you find someone you think you might be interested in, chat online with them for a while. After you feel confident that you are talking to someone you would like to get to know better, exchange phone numbers. For safety reasons, only give out your cellphone number. You do not want to give them access to your home phone, until you can verify they are truly who they say they are.

Keep the conversation light and simple. Do not share your personal information too quickly. You can gradually share personal information over time. But be sure to start out slow.

After talking for a while, both online and over the phone, you may choose to meet. One of the keys to meeting someone from the Internet is make sure you meet them in a public place. Never get in a car with someone you have only been talking to online.

Online dating has changed the way people think about dating. What used to seem like a daunting task has actually turned into something people want to do. By following some simple safety guidelines, online dating can open up a whole new world of dating. So the next time you are sitting around, wondering if you will ever find your soul mate, consider a free online dating service.
About the Author
Alex Olson is a professional journalist and a good psychologist. Her articles about dating, and dating online in particular, are highly popular.
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