Wondering how to navigate the online dating world? Lots of girls have met their happily ever after on Tinder or another dating app. However, if you're planning to give it a try, it's important to be aware of what you're up against. Caution is required so that you don't meet up with a creeper. If you're ready to meet Mr. Right, here's how to navigate the online dating world.
1. Who’s Profile is This?
Know what you’re looking for in a partner before entering the online dating world. If you’re going to look, really look! Pay attention to physical and personal characteristics that are important to you. If you have questions don’t be afraid to ask.
Don’t overlook characteristics that you don’t want, thinking that you can change the person, and don’t settle for anyone who is not up to your standards. Knowing who you're talking to is one of the most important steps for how to navigate the online dating world.
2. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Pictures can’t tell you everything about a person, but they can give you some ideas about who you're dealing with. You can learn about a person’s fashion sense, personal hygiene and even whether their moral compass is in line with yours. Pay attention to the details that you see in the profiles that you view. Verify that the profile doesn’t contain fake photos and that they are current by asking the person to take and send you selfies from their phone.
3. No Hookups
Some people create a profile on a dating site so that they can simply meet someone to hook up with. To avoid these people, look for inappropriate or sexual information listed in their dating profiles. Avoid people with photos showing them nearly naked. Avoid people that only wish to meet at night or who want to meet for a drink after only exchanging a couple of words. Use the block feature to cut off communication anyone who shares inappropriate pictures or sends inappropriate messages.
4. Available or Not
Sometimes a person is merely separated from a spouse or significant other but has created a profile on a dating site anyway. Make sure that you are confident that the person is single and available.
5. What do You Have in Common?
Our differences make the world go round but having something in common is important. Look for hobbies and interests that are the same but also make sure that you are at the same place in life. If you’re a divorced single parent try to look for someone who is in a similar place. Someone who is single and has never had children may not understand your situation or that your children are a top priority.
6. Personality Defects
Beware of the following behavior traits that can mean trouble;
- Jealous: gets upset if they see that you logged into the site after talking to them.
- Controlling: making demands of your time online or on the phone shortly after meeting. Wants to be exclusive too quickly.
- Obsessive: calling or texting repeatedly even after being asked to stop.
- Flakey: makes plans to meet but cancels or doesn’t show up.
- Scam Artist: asks for money or insists on meeting in an isolated spot.
- Addict: Often talks about drugs and alcohol, or often seems intoxicated.
- Too busy: is a workaholic, seldom available to talk or meet, has several obligations.
7. No Gold Diggers
Most people who join a dating site genuinely want a mutual relationship based on give and take. Beware of those who are simply looking for someone to take care of them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about employment, financial standing, or credit. Be leery and ask questions of people seeking much older partners, they could be looking for a sugar daddy or a sugar mama!
Dating can be fun but it can also be frustrating if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Do your homework, watch for red flags and make sure you know who you are and what you are looking for in a partner. After reading these 7 tips, are you ready for online dating?