Some Internet dating sites prescreen individuals for compatibility. Other sites allow listings of personal ads. If you have decided to find you soul mate via the Internet, here are the basic rules: When writing an Internet personal ad or filling out an online dating questionnaire, be as specific as possible.
Think about who you are and what makes you unusual and list both your successes and your failures. Mentions of moonlight strolls, or walks in the park are meaningless. Make your English teacher proud: Check and then double-check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Ask a discreet friend to read your listing over to make sure it makes sense and has no major lapses of logic, taste, or grammar.
Always do a spell check. Keep the fibs to a minimum: You will avoid disappointment by being honest about who you are: Your age should be within several years of your actual age. Make sure any physical description correlates with what your mirror reflects. Your indiscretions are best forgotten or dealt with in the confessional or therapy, but certainly not on the Web site with strangers.
Use an appropriate photo: Here are some tips on using a picture: Use a fairly recent picture. Avoid flattering, glam shots because you want very little discrepancy between the picture and what you really look like. Be careful about using props like dogs, boats, or a fancy car.
This is about you, so it should be a good head shot of you alone. Provide only a cell phone number: The person who found you on the Web is a stranger. Date within a mile radius: Find somebody who is in your zip code so that you can actually get to know each other without the constraints that a long-distance relationship places on things.
Meet publicly and make sure someone knows where you are: Remember that the person you meet online is a stranger. Studies show that looking at a computer screen gives a false sense of intimacy with a resulting loss of inhibitions. Never online date on an office computer: Keep your personal life and your office life separate. Remember you company will have access to anything you do on their equipment. Beware of juggling too many people at the same time.
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