Online Dating Rules: Be honest and transparent

What do you want from dating?

When people start using dating apps, they’re usually looking for one of three things: a relationship, casual dating, or something else. Some people don’t really know what they want and just hope that the right situation will present itself when they meet someone special. Others have their hearts set on one thing and aren’t interested in any other possibilities. It’s important to be up front with potential partners about what you expect so they can decide whether or not it’s compatible with them. You’ll also avoid getting anyone’s hopes up if your goal isn’t the same as theirs.

What kind of relationship are you interested in having?

If casual dating is all you’re looking for then tell potential partners that! It’s important to be honest about your goals since it will help potential partners decide if they’re compatible with you. Some people are in casual relationships for a long time and end up in love, whereas others aren’t interested in anything serious at all. If you put your cards on the table early, there won’t be any confusion or mixed signals when someone starts developing feelings. Honesty is always the best policy!

What are you NOT looking for?

It can be really hard finding that special someone when you have certain deal breakers, but there’s nothing wrong with having standards! It helps keep people from wasting their time trying to convince you to give them a chance when they know upfront that it isn’t going to happen. You may have certain traits that you’re just not interested in, like if you don’t want kids to settle down. That’s totally fine because it’s better than wasting someone’s time when they know for sure they won’t be compatible with you.

How to start a conversation

The best way to get acquainted with someone is by talking to them! You can ask them about themselves and tell them about yourself at the same time. It also helps if you put some personality into your questions (and answers). If you’re terrible at small talk then take this opportunity to brush up on your skills, or hire a dating coach who will help guide the conversation. The more natural the flow of conversation is, the easier it will be for both parties to form connections.

What if they don’t respond?

Not everyone will respond to messages, especially on popular dating apps that get a lot of traffic. That’s why you should always have a back-up plan because it’s possible that someone won’t reply. If you’re not getting any responses then try texting people from different apps to see if it changes anything. You could also send out some invitations to events or group chats where you know there are going to be other single people! Remember, the best way to make friends is through real conversations with people. Don’t give up after one try and keep trying new things until something sticks!

Most importantly…

The most important thing about online dating is being yourself! People can tell when you’re putting on a persona and it feels fake. If you’re not being genuine then people will know and won’t be interested in getting to know you better. Pay attention to your conversation, your body language, how often you’re checking your phone—basically anything that will help uncover who you really are. You don’t need to put up a front or tell everyone everything about yourself, but let people get to know the real you so they can decide if they like you based on your true personality!

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