When single people talk smack on online dating, or are hesitant even try it, I totally get it. I mean, before I found my man, I went on a lot of online dates.
I was schmoozed, offended, almost died of sheer boredom, and creeped out more times than I care to remember.
60+ dates will do that to a girl.
So, using my expert experience, I have a few tips for those interested in dipping their toes into the pool of world wide web mingling:
#1 Keep your mind and options open.
I know we all have our non-negotiables, but if yours consists of blond haired, blue eyed, 6’3, 100K per year, then get real, homie. Just like non-online dating, decide which things are most important to you, and let the rest go. Mr. Perfect does not exist. Mr. Perfect for you, does, somewhere. And keep in mind, those online photos can be really misleading, which leads me to point #2…
#2 Don’t judge a person by their highly editable cover.
No, I’m not saying this because I’m a teacher who believes life is unicorns and rainbows and kumbayas. I’m saying this because the worst, most boring and insulting date I ever went on, was with one of the most attractive people I met online. Yeah, looks are important, I agree, duh. I’m just saying, Photoshop does wonders.
#3 Be open to…whatever!
I have friends who are online dating strictly to find their husbands and wives. And I get this, I really do. But a date can read your husband seeking status in the first 5 minutes. Just chill out, make a new friend, and have fun. There will be plenty of time to run Mr. Right through the husband wringer on future dates.
And if all else fails, take my word that your online dating stories, both good and bad, will make great banter for friends and family for years to come.