Online dating sites offer some very powerful tools that can match you with people that share interests and passions common to yours. And while that certainly beats having to chat up casual acquaintances at bars or parties, one can still end up making mistakes while dating online. Here are some key mistakes that you should avoid while dating online if you would like to have more chances of being successful.
1. The most common mistake people do while putting up their profile is to not provide a picture to go with it. Many are in a hurry to complete their profile and so even if they do not have a picture readily available, they open an account and put up their dating profile hoping that they will eventually include a picture in their profile. The more the delay in putting up a picture, the more the number of people who will pass you by. In fact, it has been estimated that profiles that include pictures get responses more than ten times the ones that do not have any picture. People find profiles with pictures more trustworthy than ones without.
Many others give the excuse that they are not happy with their current photo and would like to have a new, better looking one taken. Unless your current photo is ten years old, in which case, you should certainly not put it up, any new recent photo that shows a smiling you should be good enough. You can always replace it with a new photo when time permits.
2. Another very common mistake people make is that they go looking for the perfect date. Statistics reveal that people who are the most successful on online dating sites are those who are willing to take a chance and live with imperfection. After all they themselves are not perfect, are they? Being successful on an online dating site has less to do with looks and more to do with the kind of attitude you display. Take your chance and meet new people. If the date works out, you would have taken your first step to a serious relationship. If it does not work out, you may have still made a new friend.
3. While people spend hours and at times days in polishing up their job resume, it is amazing that they put up their dating profile in a matter of a few minutes. While you will certainly have a presence on the online dating site, this will not amount to anything unless you have a profile that attracts attention. Using some old profile that is full of spelling mistakes and boring descriptions will not only be unhelpful but may prove to be a big turn-off.
4. While you can put a positive spin on your abilities and your accomplishments, many people make the mistake of actually lying on their profile. Remember, if a person is genuinely attracted to you because of the lies you told him or her and if your relationship does take a serious turn, then that person will eventually find out the truth about you. It is important that you always speak the truth to give yourself a real chance at happiness.