Online Dating Services
- How To Prepare a Great Profile and Get a Date on the Internet
July 8th 2006
Finding a Partner
Online dating has become a $400 million a year business, and for good
reason. It may be one of the best ways to meet people with a similar
interest. Some of the biggest players include e-Harmony and Great
Expectations, which offer a great service for those looking for a partner.
Of course these companies need to make a profit to exist, but
registration is free with Match.com. After agreeing to some of their
terms, the company can provide you some photos that may interest you.
There are some important dos and don’ts though. Make sure your photo is
current. TV executive and Hollywood Publicist, Leslie Orin, told Extra
that it is important to “just be yourself”. Never lie because this may
create expectations you can not meet.
Leslie also said that men who say they “love long walks on the beach”
should signal a “red flag”. The potential date could be lying. She
also says that right after you put your profile up you may receive a
landslide of contacts. She likens this effect to the real estate
market. There is tons of interest at the beginning, but after the house
has been sitting on the market for a while people may lose interest.
Steve Nakamoto, host of of iVillage.com's "Ask Mr. Answer Man" and
author of “Men Are Like Fish: What Every Woman Needs To Know About
Catching A Man” believes there are five main ingredients to a successful
These ingredients include a great photo. You need to take this
seriously, like you were applying for a job. You might want to get a
professional photo done. Second, you will want to have an “intriguing”
screen name. Third you want a friendly bio, a clear statement of what
you want (4), and a clever closing invitation (5).
Like online dating services, there is endless information on getting the
right partner on the Internet. Recent research from the University of
Bath indicates that Internet dating has provided a much more successful
way to find long-term romance than previously believed. The good news
is that when couples who had built up a significant relationship by
e-mailing or chatting online finally met for the first time, 94 percent
of them went on to see each other again.
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