We’ve all heard of social dating and all the risks, embarrassment, let-downs, shocking stories associated with the experience. It’s easy to download an app and create a quick profile of yourself. You proceed to browse through people’s profiles and find whoever you find attractive and compatible with your personality. You swipe left or right. Then you make your pick, you exchange some words and begin building a friendship that has the potential of becoming something more. Simple, right? Not exactly.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, when using social media for social purposes, you have to be aware of the signs and red flags that might pop up while getting to know someone. In the case of online dating, you’re trying to connect with a complete stranger from the get-go, so it is important not to get your hopes up.
There are so many online dating sites out there. The most popular include eHarmony, Match.com, Zoosk, OkCupid, PlentyofFish, Tinder, Christian Mingle, Adam4Adam and more. Most of these, if not all, require a profile picture and a basic description of yourself, what your goals are, your hobbies, interests, etc. The point of creating a dating profile is to get to meet people, and potentially find “the one”. So, as you might have guessed, people will most likely only mention their good, happy, jolly side; not their grumpy, not-so-good-times side. If you happen to go on a blind date, prepare for the worst. Always have a backup plan in case things don’t go well, and remember you wont be the first nor last if it turns out to be a total disaster. In other words, lower your expectations. Nowadays, its totally normal for people to meet their significant other online, and though it is a total possibility, you still gotta go through the process of kissing a few frogs before getting your prince charming. I personally recommend the “traditional” way of meeting people which is basically in real life, face to face, grab a drink type of thing and have actual interpersonal conversations with people.
So, good luck with that. I’ve thrown in my two cents, hope it helps!