There are so many things that people can do online today that it should come as no surprise that more and more people are turning to the internet to find love. I know several people who have found Mr. or Mrs. Right online and are quite happy. I count myself among them since I met my wife in this way and married her 2 years later. Internet dating is not for everyone, but unless you have a good circle of friends who know quality single friends it might be the best way to go.
The first thing you need to figure out is what you are looking for. Some people are just looking to casually date with nothing long term and others are looking for the person that might become their spouse. It’s always good to find people with similar ideas since differing objectives can later cause problems. There are sites like adultfriendfiner.com that are pretty much a place were it is almost understood that you are there just for sex. Now people do meet and fall in love there, but many ads there clearly are for people looking for sex. There are also many married couples looking for men or women to join them and pretty much anything sexual you can think of. There is a gay section and a transsexual section as well. I am sure there a good people who meet on the site and may find love, but if you are looking for love that might not be one of the sites that you will find it. There are also some pretty explicit ads on there and pictures. Sites like Match.com and eharmony.com are more sites that people go to find love. The last time I looked they would not ever register people who were married looking for side action. That does not mean people will not lie though. That are too many good sties to list, but you often can get the idea by looking around. Some cater to certain preferences like interracial dating sites (personally to each his own but I caution people to deeply think before getting involved if it’s just something you want to try), there are sites for specific religions like Jdate.com for Jewish singles. You do need to watch out for fees and sites that are too commercial. There are plenty of mail order bride sites out there. Some are supposed to be pretty decent where women desire a husband and the fact that he is an American is also a nice thing. I would not be suspicious if they did not charge such high fees from my understanding.
Once you figure out the sites or sites that you are going to join you then want to go about writing your ad. Each site is different on what it will allow you to put and how much space you can get. You start with a headline. Some people use a standard one like “single white male seeking single white female for dating and possible long term relationship”. I had seen a really funny one that said “Ill tell them we met in the library”. What you put will personally depend on your personality, but you can also browse some ads by your gender and see what they put to give you an idea. You then will write something about yourself. This will very but it can be like a mini autobiography like what you like to do. What kind of person you are looking for and hobbies you might have. These also might be asked later as well. It will also have questions that are very much closed ended like hair color, eye color, religion, income, profession, race and the like. You will also get a chance to choose what you want from a partner. You can usually chose more than one thing like if you are willing to date races other than your own or open to multiple hair colors and so forth. You often get a chance to put pictures into the ad. Sometimes they are open to everyone and other times you have to give a prospect permission to view a picture or pictures. Ads with pictures are supposed to do that best. I would advise putting one if possible. Personally I did not because the bank I worked at was very large and I was worried about kidding from friends if they saw me. It was not as accepted when I found my wife. Obviously you should use a recent picture and not one from 20 years ago.
Once you have an ad done it is time to start searching. All sites just about give you the chance to put what you are searching for into a search query. It often gives you a chance to exclude things you don’t like. For example if you are starting out and don’t want a ready made family you can chose not to get potential matches with children. I also advise keeping options open if you seem too picky there are probably people who otherwise might be interested but not contact you. Now if you are a person that is in great shape and so forth most people wont put you down for not wanting to date really big women, but if you are a chubby rascal yourself and are only willing to date women that are slender to average you might to need to think of the phrase champagne tastes with a beer pocketbook. You also can typically save your searches and have a favorite list.
When contacting you usually have options were you can show interest or send someone and actual email. Typically show interest does not cost anything but you will have to have either a paying membership or buy credits to send someone an email. In many cases if the person contacts you first you will often be able to reply for free. Another thing is that if you are female some sites don’t charge females to email or be members. These are fading though.
When you are contacting someone you might want to say something almost like a pick up to them not in a bad way though. It might be something like how much you liked their profile to how much you have in common. If a woman has a really sexy picture posted you might tell her how sexy she looks. Each person is going to be different. The best thing to do is to be you. This is online, so being shy should not be as much of a concern.
Now once you get people contacting you or contacting you back in the case of a contact that you initiated its time to talk a bit. You might send a couple emails back and forth about the basic things like what are you into? What do you do for a living? You also could ask them about their hobby. I had a lot of people ask me about rodeo since I competed in that sport and its not really popular were I live, but it was were I went to college. After a couple emails you might exchange phone numbers and decide to go on a date. When going on a date there are a couple simple things to think of. First off you really should always meet in a very public and crowded place. I often advise a buddy system were you let someone know were you will be, who you will be with, and tell them you will call a certain amount of times in timely intervals. Some women I know have told people to call police if they don’t check in. There are unfortunately some very sick people out there.
Now beyond the obvious safety concerns that need to be followed there is always Murphy’s Law. This means if something can go wrong it usually does. There are things beyond safety that can happen when meeting people online. Many of these don’t really have a safety issue but still can cause problems. One thing that occurs way more than it should is people claim to be single but are not. This seems to happen much more with men doing this. There are some warning signs though like never going to the persons home, or a tan line were the wedding ring goes and things like that. You could have a really angry spouse that does not by the “I did not know he was married”. There are also people that might lie about what they do for a living, which might not be meant maliciously, but some might just be out to get some action and say what people want to hear. People lying about children also occur hoping that once you meet them they can convince you that you should be ok with the kids. I personally had a girl that on the first date wanted to go to a motel and she just brought it up. We also were discussing pasta and sauces and I mentioned about marina and she was talking about liking “white sauce” with a clear implication to male body fluid. Now while I would have been interested in my much younger days I was looking for more. She was a nice girl and I wish her well, but she was not for me. I actually found online she had another ad on another site that basically she likes doing oral favors for groups of guys. I probably am really lucky I did not do anything with her. She presented herself completely different on the phone and in person for the most part. I am sure she is a good person, but probably thought all guys wanted was sex and resigned herself to that. Unfortunately that might be all she finds though. It is one thing to have been free with your body at one point and change, but it’s another thing to present yourself as changed while doing the same things. I personally did not experience this, but have read in a number of news sources about transgender, sexual and things like that being on these sites. Now many are honest and that is one of those to each their own thing. There are some people who will misrepresent themselves as a girl when they were born a male. They might completely look like a female but still have the hardware down there. A long period on hormones and plastic surgery can make it hard to tell. Once case that involved a murder investigation was a male who was on hormones and had breast implants meeting a guy and then giving him oral sex and not telling him that she was a man. He found out the next day looking at pictures that she used to be a man and ended up killing her. I don’t know if there is a way to find that out ahead of time, but if you are making out you might want to reach down there just to be sure once you know you are going all the way. I could not imagine being in that situation and what to say. I think it actually is malicious to lie in general, but that is really beyond decency.
Now this is not a total advice guide by any means and by following any tips in the ad do so at your own risk and be safe. The thing is this gives you some pretty basic ideas on how many people are finding love.
Personal experiences of myself and friends of mine.
Watching news programs and magazine.
Some good sites are listed in the article body.