Tinder. Bumble. OK Cupid, Grindr. Each one of these dating apps is awesome, but they can still come with a million potential potholes to navigate.
Our experts have decided to share a few tips with you so that the road to true love can be a little smoother.
1. Be honest in your profile
If you hate the great outdoors, loathe exercise and get drunk on one glass of wine don’t say that you love long walks, days on the beach or sundowners! These are just some examples, but when you create your bio be honest- or at least as honest as possible.
If you create an impression that’s nowhere near the truth you’ll never attract the kind of partner you really want.
You also won’t be able to do the things you love, like playing top casinos online games, as you’ll be too busy pretending you enjoy jogging at 5am and pouring wine in a pot plant so you don’t end up with a killer hangover!
2. Don’t over filter your photos
We’ve all seen, that hashtag no filter photo that has clearly been so filtered the persons nose has faded away into their face.
Don’t be that person. Yes, by all means use a filter, but ensure you don’t look unrecognisable or too perfect.
3. Don’t push contact
Yay, you’ve connected with someone online! That’s great, but don’t become their new BFF. The last thing you want to do is Tweet them endlessly, love all their Facebook and Instagram posts and start messaging them incessantly.
Take it slow and think of communication as a scale. Keep it balanced and don’t be the one to continually chat and or send messages unless they are being reciprocated.
4. Stop the stalking
There is a huge temptation to stalk someone who has swiped right too, but you need to resist it.
You don’t need to know all about their exes or stalk them too, nor do you need t go back and see what they’ve done in the last 5 years. Don’t be the stalker who knows the name of every ex and their whole family before you even go on the first date.
5. Avoid ex talk
It’s not a bad idea to fin out why past relationships failed or why your new interest is single, but don’t harp on about exes.
Yours or theirs. If you focus on their ex it could make them wonder if you are the jealous type, and if you keep bringing up yours, they may think you are not over them and run.
6. Go slow on the face to face
When you meet online you can build up quite a rapport with someone, but get to know a bit more about the before suggesting meeting IRL.
You might find that after a few days of chatting online you run out of things to say and meeting face to face would be awkward, or you may not really know anything about someone and get stuck with them for an evening that’s less enjoyable than expected!