Do’s and don’ts of dating online

Online dating is now a very popular and efficient way of meeting like-minded singles. It comes with many advantages. It’s open 24/7, you have a huge pool of singles to choose from, there’s no stigma attached, you can do it at your own pace, you have different sites for different wants, it’s generally affordable, and it speeds up the whole dating process. So to get the most out of this dating process, it’s worthwhile knowing the do’s and don’ts of online dating. Here’s some to consider when jumping online:

DO’S * Research different sites to meet your needs (e.g. casual vs serious) * Use an appropriate profile name * Use a recent photo * Use correct spelling and grammar * Be honest * Make your profile interesting * Be specific about your interests and wants * Use simple terms and keep things short * Go at your own pace – no urgency * Be open minded and get outside your comfort zone * Hold off on the sexualized talk * Keep financial/ private details to yourself * Always consider safety first * Be punctual * Have your early meetings in safe and public places * Tell friends and family about your date * Be upbeat in your conversations and focus on the present and future * Be patient and have fun

DON’T’S * Jump onto a site without doing your homework * Use an awkward profile name (e.g. hotfox101) * Use an inappropriate photo (too much flesh, drunk, with ex-partner, sunglasses and hat etc) * Make spelling mistakes * Lie/ deceive * Create a boring profile * Be too general about your interests and wants * Use complicated terms/ jargon * Be hurried or rushed * Be close minded and rigid * Use sexual innuendos * Share your financial/ private details * Take risks and endanger your safety * Be late and unreliable * Have your meetings late at night at their place or yours *Keep your online meet ups secret * Go on about the past, your issues and/or your ex’s * Be stressed out and panicked

John Aiken, RSVP dating and relationship expert, as seen on the hit show Married At First Sight, and on Ch 9’s Today show, Today Extra and A Current Affair. He is a best-selling author, regularly appears on radio and in magazines, runs a private practice in Sydney, and is a sought after speaker. (

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