Team LC's tips on how to navigate the online dating world

Being in the midst of the digital age poses some pros and cons. We’re used to instant gratification, the 24-hour news cycle is at our fingertips, we can even have food delivered straight to our homes with a few taps on our phone screens. It only makes sense that the dating world has shifted accordingly. While dating websites and apps aren’t exactly a new commodity, it seems as if they’ve surged among just about every demographic. Even people as young as teenagers are swiping left and right in order to find their perfect someone. It sounds easy, right? Well the truth is, online dating can be difficult.

If you’ve found yourself wondering what the online dating world is all about (or if you already have an app or two), this post is for you. To help you put your best foot forward into the online dating pool, we recommend reading these tips from our own editors. Let’s get to it…

1. Perfect your profile.

On most dating sites (or apps) these days, you only have space for a few sentences or possibly a paragraph to tell your potential suitors what you’re all about. You want to make sure that you get across what’s important to you, and show some personality, too. Include a joke or a cheeky pun, if that’s up your alley. You also want to give the viewer something to start a conversation about, so make sure that your profile says something that they can engage with. The most important thing is to make it personal, so whatever you feel good about is the right way to go.

2. A picture says a thousand words.

And even more than one photo says a lot more! First of all, get objective advice on your photos from friends. Sometimes the photos we think we look the cutest in might not be the best, so get your friends opinions on what your best shots are. That said, don’t go overboard in that regard. If you love the way you look in a certain photo, use it in your dating profile. Remember, at the end of the day this is all about you. Also, it’s best to stay away from shots including other people, as it can be confusing as to which one you are! This is another place to be you and show off your personality. Quirky, fun photos that get across the type of person you are will help fellow swipers get an idea of what you’re like in real life. And make sure not to include photos of you with any exes… it’s just not a good idea.

3. Be open-minded.

It’s hard to really tell what someone is like based on a few photos. Get to know people, chat it up, and be open-minded. If you’re only into tall, dark and handsome but you end up having great conversation with a blondie who’s on the shorter side, give it a chance. Also, age is just a number (to an extent). We’re not telling you to run out and date someone 30 years older than you, but remember that older usually means wiser (and more dating and life experience), so don’t be afraid to date outside of your own age range.

4. Meet up!

A lot of girls will engage in extended texting (or sometimes phone calls) with suitors for weeks at a time. While it’s great to establish a friendship over text, you really don’t know what you’re getting until you meet in person. So instead of texting for days or weeks, once you know that you’d be into getting together with someone, just make plans and make it happen. Prolonging the conversation will make it even more awkward if you meet in person and it’s not a match, not to mention wasting your time.

5. It’s a numbers game.

And it’s good practice! Go out with lots of different types of guys (or girls) to get a feel for what’s out there. You never know… you could make some great friends, and just brush up on your dating skills in the process.

6. Be yourself.

Above all else, remember to always be yourself. Don’t be afraid to set your standards and don’t settle. Whether you’re looking to casually date or find your lifelong partner, remember to put your best foot forward.

Do you have any online dating tips that you didn’t see on this list?

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XO Team LC