The Rules of Online Dating, According to the Experts

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Online dating is perhaps the most effective way of meeting new people in today’s world. This is because more and more people are turning to the internet in their spare time, instead of going out and getting involved in sports, clubs, and outdoor socializing. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has made a lot of people very cautious about who they spend their time with. Meeting strangers in person isn’t something many people are comfortable with anymore.

Online dating is relatively straightforward, but there are a few rules. This post will tell you about what those rules are:

Hook-up Dating

The first thing that you need to know about online dating is that there is a distinction to be drawn between dating and hookup dating. If you are looking for a quick hook-up, then it’s best to use hookup dating websites for that. Most people on dating sites are looking for long-term relationships, not one-night stands. If you are using a dating site that’s more popular with people looking for relationships, then make sure that you include in your page’s bio that you are only interested in hook-ups. Misleading people into thinking that you want a relationship could hurt their feelings. It’s much better for you to use hook-up dating sites because other users on these sites will be looking for the same thing as you and there won’t be any confusion.

Safeguard Privacy

You also need to go to great lengths to safeguard your privacy, no matter what type of dating site you are using. While it’s of course impossible to avoid uploading a picture of yourself and including your name on your profile, you should avoid telling people things about yourself such as where you live and what you do for a living. While it’s uncommon, people do sometimes pick up stalkers on online dating sites. Safeguarding your privacy is very important, for this reason. If you are concerned about people finding your exact location, put a fake one on your profile.

Accurate Profile

Aside from a fake location if you feel it necessary, make sure that your profile is as accurate as possible. If you publish misleading information, people could be put off speaking to you if they discover that you have been lying to them. While it’s important to insulate yourself and add protective layers to safeguard your identity, don’t outright lie. If you work in the financial sector it’s okay to tell people that you do, just don’t tell them the bank or institution that you work at and your job title. You need to be as honest as possible if you want to find somebody to start a relationship with.

Clear Photos

You need to make sure that the photos of yourself that you publish on your page are as clear as possible. This is for your own sake, rather than anybody else’s. If you post photos that don’t convey your true likeness, then when people eventually come to meet you they could discover you don’t look anything like your pictures and not want to continue their relationship with you. In addition to posting clear photos, it’s a good idea to video chat people, so that they get a real idea of what you look like in person.


If you are going to meet people that you have met online, then you need to first be confident that they are who they say they are, then you need to find a location to meet them that’s public, well lit, and very open. It’s an extremely bad idea to meet people for the first time without first verifying their identity, and then meeting them in a place that’s not busy. Again, while it is extremely uncommon, horror stories have emerged of people being misled online, and then seriously injured by people pretending to be other people. Video chats are a good way to verify a person’s identity.

Interesting Openers

Lastly, if you are using an online dating site and want to increase your chances of meeting people, then you need to send interesting openers to people. Interesting pick-up lines are one of the golden rules of using online dating sites. If you don’t capture people’s attention when you are messaging them, then they won’t respond to you. The more responses you receive, the more likely you are to find a person that you can start (and embark on) a relationship with.

Online dating isn’t easy, especially if you are unfamiliar with how it works. In order to master it, you first need to familiarize yourself with its rules. This post sets out what the most important ones are, so give them careful consideration, and implement them effectively.

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