Is It Right for Me

If you have home internet access, are single, and would like to expand your dating possibilities, then online dating is for you! It's that simple.

The three biggest reasons that people don't use online dating services are as follows:

1. They don't know enough about it.

2. They have a misconception about the type of people who use these services.

3. They're worried about the type of people they may encounter online (e.g., freaks, stalkers, psychos).

If you don't know enough about online dating to know whether it's right for you, this book will provide you with the information you need to make an educated choice.

Take a minute to form a picture in your mind of the "typical" online dater. Include as many details as you can: is this person male or female? Professional or a student? Young or old? Educated or uneducated? Socially skilled or inept? Looking for marriage or for sex? A geek or a fashion plate?

The truth may surprise you. The "typical" online dater is likely to be male, with men outnumbering women on most sites, up to a two for one ratio on some sites. According to www.profilehelper.com, the sort of person you are most likely to encounter dating on the net has some higher education, earns a good income, and can be anywhere from 18 to 85 ... but is likely to fall between the ages of 35 and 55. Surprisingly, one of the largest growing demographics is seniors. It is becoming easier and easier for people over 50 to find love online.

Online dating has gone mainstream, but it has branched into a hundred of specialized services along the way. There are online dating services just for fitness fanatics, for widows, for Christians, for Jews, for African-Americans, for professionals, for gays and lesbians.. You name it, there's a dating service for it.

EVERYONE uses internet dating services: young professional women, seniors, single dads, ... the list goes on. And why not? Online dating is fun, harmless, and a great way to expand your social circle. Online daters come from all walks of life. They are just as likely to be social butterflies looking for more chances to flirt as shy introverts. In fact, there's nothing "desperate" about online dating at all! Most online daters agree that the internet has become an acceptable, even preferable alternative to the bar scene. A high percentage of online daters are looking for old-fashioned romance, love, and marriage.

If you're looking for a short-term fling or casual sex, you're in luck. Many online daters are looking for the same thing. There are dating services that specifically cater to people looking for casual sex. Other online daters are married or in a rocky relationship, and want to check out their options or have a discrete affair. Unfortunately, they may not tell you until it's too late—in which case you need to decide whether you care or not.

Yep, online daters—just like the gal at the bar who says she models for a major cosmetics company—lie. And lying in print is often easier to pull off than lying in person. That's why you need to be savvy before swallowing her story.

Fortunately, online dating services have a raft of technologies designed to keep stalkers and baddies out of the system.

• Many services block any email message containing offending language and have a system set up to report any member who sends an offensive email.

• If you find yourself being pestered by anyone or bombarded with emails, you can simply delete the messages or block the sender from every sending you a message again.

• Most services prevent you from including any identifying details in your profile, like an address, telephone number, or email address, that would allow a user to locate you any other way except through the site.

100 First Date Tips

100 First Date Tips

Keep in mind that the first date is usually the discovery period. In other words, it is the time when you learn more things about the other person. Aside from that, you should also open up abo ut yourself, so that your date would also know more about you. This is the time to see if you would really be good together or not.

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