The Best Way to Date Online, in the Long Run



Online dating has become a huge industry, and this in turn has spawned a cottage industry around online dating that provides tips and tricks on how to successfuly date on the Internet. But do you really need such guidance to find success? In this article, I will explore this issue in some depth.


I find that there are two general approaches to online dating. On the one hand, there are people who believe in just providing the unvarnished truth online and find someone who likes them for who they are. While I admire the honesty these people have, I am not so certain such an approach is best for online dating. As the old saying goes, you should put your best foot forward. And this means you should also try to make the best first impression possible. Now, this does not mean you have to be insincere or dishonest. You just need to highlight your strengths and focus on them, much as you would in a job interview.


By contrast to the above approach, there are also people who view online dating as a game. They would simply try to push the right buttons to get a date and possibly something more. This is a very opportunistic way to use a dating site which I do not agree with at all. Unfortunately, there are many books online about being a pick-up-artist and how to use dating sites to get sex. I feel that such books may present tactics that work in the short term, but ultimately, they will not give you anything meaningful.


The best approach in my opinion is to be truthful and sincere, but still read what you can about online dating so you are able to present yourself in the best light. Some of what you need to know, you will learn simply by using different dating sites like You can get a free trial from if you are interested in getting taste of online dating without having to pay anything upfront. But to put the odds in your favor, you should also be sure to read as much as you can about online dating, especially when it comes to tips about building a good profile. Your profile is probably the most important component for your success, so you should definitely spend a lot of time on it.


For more information on online dating, check out my other dating article on dating for introverts.


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