With the proliferation of many dating apps out there, many people are now using online dating apps to meet their future partner. Today, there are 40 million Americans that use online dating websites. Latest reports reveal that 27% of young adults use online dating sites, up from 10% in 2013. This has been attributed to the influx of free dating apps on smartphones. Here are some tips on how to find your partner using dating apps.
Don’t feel embarrassed about online dating
Considering online dating to find a partner does not have to be an embarrassing experience. A recent poll on the Facebook page of eHarmony revealed that 98% of respondents believe that online dating is a great way to meet a partner.
Be on the safe side
While there are many people who have used free dating sites without any issues, it is important to think about your safety when dealing with strangers. Here are some pointers for safe dating when using free dating apps:
- Tell your friends your location on your first date
- Do not give out personal information
- Always read the terms before joining
- Paid sites are not always safe
- Beware of dating fraud scams
- Meet in a public place
Trust your instincts
When used properly, dating websites can help you filter through potential matches quickly. You can get real results.
Don’t rush into meeting up just because your free trial’s about to end (or because they ‘liked’ your profile). Get to know them properly first – your safety’s more important. If it doesn’t feel right, move on.
Make your profile stand out
Your profile will be the first thing your future match will see so make it stand out right away. Upload your most recent photo to get potential partners interested. Make sure to post several photos and not just one. Ask friends how they will describe you. Even if you do not think you are anything special, they may see you differently.
Be honest with your profile
While selling your best self, be truthful. Your future date will find out the truth anyway when they meet you. A picture of yourself a few years back before you gained weight will not be impressive as it is now. If you are looking for a long-term relationship, you cannot pretend for a long time.
Don’t fall for unrealistic gimmicks
Many dating sites offer pricey membership upgrades in order to make profits. Sign up for these offers only when you are clear about the inclusions. It is best to start off with a basic package to test the waters first so you do not waster money unnecessarily. If you are not getting enough responses as you expected, it means that you have chosen the wrong site.