Online Dating 101-How To Get Started

By: Elizabeth Marie |

No matter what age bracket you fall into, the thought of online dating can sometimes be incredibly intimidating.  So intimidating in fact that we often discard the idea of signing up for a dating site, simply because we don’t know what to expect or are unsure of what to do, or how to use the technology.  You weren’t born with an iphone in our hand like the kids today are, and maybe you wouldn’t call yourself a computer expert, but it doesn’t matter!  Online dating can still work for you-it’s all about the effort.

Here’s how to get started.

Choose an online dating site that fits your needs and interests, and most importantly, your location.  There’s nothing worse than meeting a great man online, only to find out that he lives on the other side of the world.  The whole point of online dating is to meet someone who you will date offline, so don’t make things more difficult on yourself!  Think local!

Next, set up your profile.  Choose photos that reflect who you truly are-not ones that hide what you look like or make you look different.  There is a fine line between putting your best face forward and representing yourself falsely.  Pick images that show you having fun, smiling and engaging in activities that you love doing. There is nothing more attractive than happiness!

When writing your profile, be honest and genuine! The more you share, the more likely you’ll be to strike a cord in someone else so they will reach out to you.  Keep things positive and light, there will be time for deeper discussions later! What kind of food you like, music you’re into, hobbies you’re passionate about are all things that you can share on your profile.  When it comes to answering the dreaded “What are you looking for?” question, don’t be scared, be honest.  Are you hoping to remarry and are looking for something serious?  Or maybe you’re brand new to the dating game and want to take things slow?

Either way, there are no wrong answers.  The only person you need to worry about making happy is you-that’s the beauty of online dating.

Stay tuned for our second installment of the Online Dating 101 Series-“What To Say In The First Email.”