Thu, 19 May 2011 15:07:22 GMT

11 dos and don’ts for dating online

For years, online dating seemed to carry a stigma around with it and couples who met online told edited versions of their “how we met” story. But now, as people are spending more time than ever connecting online, looking for and meeting a potential mate online has become a normal part of our everyday lives.


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11 dos and don’ts for dating online

So how do you enjoy and profit from this brave new world? Well, there are 11 simple dos and don'ts that will help you to maximise your online experience and, hopefully, have you on the way to finding your perfect match.

Be precise

Most Internet personal ads and profiles are unlimited in terms of words once you've paid your membership fee but you shouldn't use this freedom to blather. Be as specific and concise as possible. Think about who you are and what makes you unusual, and list both your successes and your failures. Don't wander into abstracts or use trite phrases. No moonlight strolls, walks in the park, or, 'I'm a true romantic'; these descriptions of yourself are meaningless, overused, and silly. Remind yourself that a very focused intent is time-saving, practical, and useful, so be thoughtful and specific.

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