Dating Services Explained

Online dating has become the wave of the future, with many busy singles heading to the Internet to meet others and find romance. However, there is still a certain stigma attached to online dating services, which must be overcome if you want your online dating experience to be successful.

The first step in accepting online dating as a legitimate way to meet people with similar interests is to become educated about how the process works. We have outlined below the 10 steps of online dating that members follow to find friendship, romance, and even a long-term relationship.

Choose a Service

The first step is to choose a service that best meets your needs. You can find services through friends or family members, or through reviews on the Internet. Look for a service that most closely matches with your specific needs to ensure you find others with like interests, preferences and priorities.

Sign up for a Membership

Most services require you to sign up for membership, even if the membership comes at no charge. This ensures that everyone in the pool has been properly screened before conversing with others on the forums. Some services also charge for their membership, with tiers so you can choose a membership plan that works best for your needs and budget.

Create a Profile

The profile is your advertisement to the rest of the online community. It usually includes basic information about you, your likes and dislikes, as well as your interests and hobbies. This is the information that others use to determine whether you have anything in common, so be thorough and honest in your responses.

Add a Photo or Two

With most companies, you can also add a photo or two to your profile. For members who are not comfortable sharing their picture with the entire online community an option may be available to allow you to only display your photo to members you have made contact with.

Browse the Available Profiles

While you are waiting for someone to notice you, you can browse profiles of other members as well. This can be quite a time-consuming process if you choose an online service with thousands of active members. However, most come with search tools that allow you to narrow the field to just those people who would be the best match for you.

Exchange Winks or Emails

When you find someone interesting, you can send a message to let him or her know you are interested. Some dating websites have a wink option that simply conveys you noticed a profile and you liked what you saw. Most also have the ability to send a full-fledged email to the other person to get the conversation ball rolling.

Start a Conversation

Once you have exchanged winks or emails, you can continue to get to know one another through the communication tool that comes with the dating service. Whatever method the dating service provides, it is good to stick with that particular method until you feel comfortable enough with someone to exchange personal contact information.

Visit a Chat Room

Social butterflies can also visit chat rooms to meet many members at one time. Some of these communities actually organize meet and greet sessions, so members know when others are available for socializing.

Move to Phone Calls

When you are comfortable enough with another member of the website, you can exchange numbers and continue your conversations over the phone. It is a good idea to have a number of phone calls prior to setting up a live meeting, to ensure you are both comfortable with the progression of the relationship.

Set Up the First Date

At long last, you can set up the first face-to-face meeting with a member you have connected with. Make the first date a safe one by planning to meet in a public place and letting friends and family know where you are going.

Online dating is a complex process, but it can be loads of fun. Once you get the hang of things, you may find that virtual dating is even easier than live meetings – at least at the beginning. And who knows? By following these steps you just might meet Prince Charming or the girl of your dreams.

Top Dating Sites

Adult Match Maker (AUS)
Adult Friend Finder (WORLD)
iFriends (WORLD)
Aussie Match Maker (AUS)
Gay Match Maker (AUS)

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