Are you one of the few singles left who hasn’t quite ventured into the realm of online dating? I know why you may be hesitant and I want to shed some light on how to overcome your biggest online dating fears!
PRESSURE TO SUCCEED
You’re worried it won’t work. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to find Mr. Right the same day you create your online profile. Take it one day at a time and have fun with online dating. Log into your profile on a daily basis to stay actively engaged and open to receiving more messages from a potential suitor! Be patient, and always keep an open mind.
ROOTED IN TRADITION
You are convinced your future boyfriend, partner, or husband will be the stranger who catches you when you slip off the sidewalk. I love a great fairytale, but let’s broaden your options! Many of you are hesitant to make an online profile because you don’t want to admit to the rest of the world you met online. Its 2016, if you tell someone you met your partner online dating, they will most likely respond with “I did too!” or “My friend met her husband online dating.” There is no shame in meeting someone online.
You’re panicking because you’ve never met your date before and can’t even “creep” because you don’t share any “mutual” friends on Facebook. That’s the point of dating! You don’t always have to date your best friend’s boyfriend’s roommate! In fact, it’s a bad idea all together. Try sourcing your next prospect outside your friend group and get online! Let yourself be the sole judge of someone’s character upon first impressions.
You’re currently reading this and saying to yourself, I’m just not that desperate. I don’t NEED to online date. Making an online profile does not determine you are desperate, it proves you are open to a world of possibilities! I guarantee you will meet people you would have never met otherwise! Who doesn’t enjoy going through profiles of potential love interests, learning what makes them tick!? It is actually quite fascinating.
OVERWHELMED AND NOT SURE WHERE TO START?
Practice makes perfect! If you are newly single or in an extended dry spell, online dating is a great place to start. A profile on PlentyOfFish takes approx 10-20 minutes to create depending on how much you want to write about yourself. My number one tip when creating a profile is break your profile down into three short paragraphs highlighting a little bit about you, what you are looking for in a potential partner and wrap it up with a cute anecdote!
Online dating gives you the opportunity to really chat with someone before you decide to meet them or not. At the end of the day, what do you have to lose! Taking baby steps will help you find your stride again!