How to Connect With Singles on a Website
According to a study conducted by Match.com, one-in-five people in new relationships met their current partner through the internet, and one-in-six marriages take place between partners who met through an online dating site.
That’s more than twice the number of marriages between couples who met at bars, clubs, or social events or parties combined. In light of these statistics, if you’re single and looking to connect with other singles, a dating website may be well suited to your needs.
Things You’ll Need
- Personal computer
- Internet access
- Email account
- Credit or debit card (optional)
Connecting with Other Singles
Sign up as a registered user on several dating websites. Match.com and eHarmony.com require a fee, but they are among the most popular dating websites. eHarmony claims over 20 million users and implements a scientific approach using a its own compatibility matching system. Match.com also guarantees you’ll find someone special within 6 months of joining. OkCupid.com, Plentyofffish.com, and CasualKiss.com are among those that are free.
Create an appealing profile that is true to who you are and describes what kind of person you’re looking for. Add a recent, complimentary photograph of yourself.
Complete the compatibility survey. This is applicable if you’ve signed up for eHarmony.com.
Begin searching for singles who interest you. Some websites offer specific groups within their database, such as Asian singles, Jewish singles, or singles in their 30s. This will enable you to find people with a specific ethnic or religious backgrounds or other specific qualities you value.
Contact singles who catch your eye by chatting with them online or sending them an email.
Get to know the singles who appeal to you over a period of time by chatting or emailing with them. Discontinue communications with singles who don’t seem like a good match for you. When you find someone special and feel comfortable, arrange to meet with her or him in a public place that is mutually agreeable.
Tips & Warnings
- Use an anonymous e-mail address and a non-home phone number when getting to know someone you have met online.
- When you meet your online contacts in person, keep in mind that they are still strangers. Take precautions. Meet them in only in a public place and be sure to let friends or family know about your plans before you leave.
- Be alert for scams. These may include singles asking you for money, soliciting donations for charitable organizations they’re launching, or offering to send you money.