Online Dating Q&A
Q: Should I include a picture?
A: Absolutely. You should include a candid picture of yourself having a good time with friends. It should be something that shows your fun side. The picture should be close up enough to see you clearly and should not be too provocative. A sexy or revealing picture may make you look like you are not yet mature enough for a relationship.
Q: How do I choose a username?
A: You need to select a username that allows your character and personality to show through while keeping it simple. Choosing a name like “looking4mrright” will come off as desperate and will get you passed up. You also don’t want to make it too cryptic. If people have to really think to try to figure out what your username says they will find it not worth the effort. Something simple will get more attention.
Q: What do I write in my profile?
A: In your personal essay you need to show your personality. Don’t just put the same old information (likes long walks, intimate conversation, going out to dinner) that everyone puts. Put in things about your interests that are not the same old common to everyone interests. Do you have a hobby like building model cars? Or do you have an unusual job? Put something in there that is more about who you are. Keep it relaxed and keep your values. If religion is important to you don’t settle for someone who doesn’t care about religion. If you are going to put the standard “great sense of humor” in your essay, let it show through. If you say you have a great sense of humor and your essay is dry and lifeless, they will wonder about how good your sense of humor really is.
Q: Should I sign up for the paid membership?
A: Yes. Often only by becoming a paid member can you communicate with people that you are interested in.
Q: Does it really work?
A: Yes. If it didn’t work it wouldn’t be one of the fastest growing industries. Dating online you get the opportunity to find out a lot about someone and get to know them before you meet face to face.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Online dating is just as safe as picking up someone in a bar, if not safer. Just use common sense safety practices and don’t do anything that you are uncomfortable with. Don’t give out personal information and make sure that you meet in a public place at a time when there are a lot of people around. Also, always make sure that someone close to you knows where you are going and who you are going to be with.
Q: Is my personal information safe?
A: Yes. Only the site administrators can see your personal information. Other members of the site have no way to get this information. There are several security measures in place to ensure the safety of your personal information. If you have any questions about these security measures, you can see the legal info of the site you are on.
Q: What if I am not getting any responses?
A: Update your profile as soon as possible. Read it out loud and if possible have a friend look it over for any changes that you can make in wording or info to make it more appealing. Also most sites will show how recently you have updated your info, and people are more likely to check out a recently updated profile.