Five Must-Have Pieces of Online Dating Advice for Newbies

Dec 6, 2012 17:06:02Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO


Five Must-Have Pieces of Online Dating Advice for Newbies

Given up on the bar scene? Sick of blind dates set up by friends and want to try something new? Maybe you should consider what some say is the most popular option these days - online dating. If you're about to get your feet wet in the online dating scene, there are some things you should know. For instance, have you learned about the value of a second phone number when using such sites? It's OK if you haven't, because below we've given you five pieces of online dating advice you must keep in mind.

1. Choose your site wisely
It seems like just about every day a new online dating site starts up, each with its own niche. That means you'll be able to find a website that is tailored toward your personal interest, background or lifestyle choices. While some may prefer to go with these targeted sites, you can also choose one of the more general services, like OKCupid or Match.com, if that's more your style.

2. Keep personal info to a minimum
When filling out your profile, it's fine to share information about your personal life and preferences, but keep any truly personal data out of it. This is where it comes in handy to have two phone numbers on one phone - you can list one on the site and keep the other just for friends and family.

3. A block feature is your best friend
Many dating sites and apps allow you to "block" people who are bothering you or don't pique your interest. Don't be afraid to use this feature - it will make the process easier for everyone and protect your safety.

4. Know how to recognize scammers
If you think everyone on a dating website is there to meet a partner, think again. There are many unscrupulous people who prey on online daters in an attempt to compromise their mobile security. Keep an eye out for these scammers and avoid them at all costs.

5. Make it temporary
Remember, you're here to meet someone you can be with, so eventually you should have a good reason to close your account. If you find yourself lingering on a site for too long with no success, then it may be time to try a different online dating service.

Keep these pieces of online dativing advice for women in mind from the moment you sign up until the moment you close down the account.