Knowing What You Want: Important in Online Dating?

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When you start your dating site search, it’s normal to be confused on where you should start. Do you look for someone who wants a long term relationship, or do you take anything that comes your way?

You need to know what you want before you start using online dating sites.

Most people start their online dating journey blindly. They don’t know who to send messages to, they don’t know what they have to offer and, most of the time, they don’t even know if online dating is something they’re interested in.

Before you sign up for an online dating site, take time to think about what you want. Make a list of personality traits you’re looking for in people, ones you’re not, and factors that you’re not comfortable budging in. Are you alright with dating a single parent? What about dating someone much younger than yourself? Or much older? Decide in advance the answers to crucial questions like these so you can confidently react when you’re put into those situations. If you set your age limit to dating someone within a 10 year radius of yourself, you know not to waste the time of people who are 18 years older than you and trying to pursue you.

Knowing what you want can not only save you time when dating online, but it can save hurt feelings from others online. Let’s say that someone who is looking for a serious relationship starts talking to you online. You spend a few weeks speaking back and fourth, but then decide that you want to branch out and see other people as well. There’s a good chance that the other person has already invested feelings into your relationship, and by saying no you end up hurting them.

Knowing what you want will lead you in the right direction and prevent you from going off path when in your journey to find a suitable match!

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