Online Dating

For millions of people worldwide, online dating is an efficient way to "find the one"!. Although less legwork than the bar scene, you'll most likely have to kiss a few frogs. But don't worry, we have your complete how-to for finding online love -- from finding the right site to Internet safety!

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Find love online

So maybe you think you've exhausted all resources when it comes to finding love -- from blind dates and setups, to double dates with your BFF and her boyfriend's friends; nothing has panned out. Or maybe in between work and life you are too busy to spend your time trolling countless bars and the aisles of Home Depot to look for love. Thanks to the Internet you can now break between sending emails to search for love!

What are you looking for?

Since not all sites are intended for finding love, some are for casual dating, social networking and some for hooking up, it's important that you know what you're looking for. This will help you decide on the right site, which will lead you to finding people who want the same thing you do.

Finding the right site

The first thing you should do is narrow down your criteria. With all of the options available, it's important to know which sites have what you are looking for. If you're looking for someone sharing a specific interest, then niche sites are great [for example, Jdate.com is for Jewish singles or Greenfriends.com is a site for single vegetarians].

If you're looking for relationship sites that offer compatibility tests and that could eventually lead to marriage or a long-term relationship, then eHarmony.com and Chemistry.com are probably what you're looking for. For those looking to dip their toes in online dating, then Match.com is a great, general dating site to get started with.

A great picture is worth a thousand words

When deciding on your profile picture, pick one that is recent and close enough to see what you actually look like. Imagine how you would feel if you showed up at a restaurant only to see your date is older, balder, shorter, etc., than you were lead to believe. You'd feel lied to, so avoid doing that to others.

Standout

There are millions of people looking for love online, so do yourself a favour and make your profile standout! Instead of lists of likes and dislikes, elaborate on what makes you different from everyone else. For example, if you include hiking as a hobby then include your favourite hikes, or if your hobbies include cooking and reading, include your favourite author or that you love Indian cuisine. By expanding on your interests your profile will be less impersonal and more attention grabbing.

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