Dating in today’s modern and technology filled age is vastly different from dating in the past. We have more options and tools than ever before and it can be overwhelming for some. Take a look at these 5 tips for trying to navigate the modern dating world.
1. First Impressions are STILL Everything
This has been an important factor in dating for all of eternity and the advice and tip still reigns true today, first impressions are massive. When you first meet someone, whether at a bar, grocery store or anywhere, you usually make various inferences about this person within the first minute. And oftentimes, these inferences can tell a person whether they want to get to know you or not. However, while first impressions used to be a purely “in person” thing, with texting and dating apps being very popular now, we also make “online” first impression, so don’t forget about that.
2. Think About Your Texts
When we text others, we often put extremely minimal effort into these texts. This is because (to most) they are the most informal form of communication we have now. Sometimes we forget there is a person on the other side of that conversation bubble in our messages app. It will pay off huge dividends if you put some effort into your texts as opposed to just doing as little as necessary when talking to potential partners. This is also likely the most common way you will stay in touch with your date throughout the day, so if they hate how you text and how little effort you put in, it likely won’t make them too happy.
3. Be Honest
When people are asked what one of their most important characteristics for a partner to have, honesty is right near the top. However, in dating (especially modern dating) people rarely show honesty. If you don’t like someone, it is best to be honest with them about that rather than lie to them or just give them the silent treatment. Yes, it might feel you are being harsh or rude if you are honest, but the other person will appreciate the closure. Also, be honest about your intentions from the get go so no one is confused later on.
4. Don’t Be Flaky
In the same vein as the previous entry, being flaky is much more annoying than just being honest and saying you don’t want to date. Being flaky is essentially making plans with someone and having no intention of every actually going with them or simply, cancelling plans at last minute because you don’t want to go. Of course, cancellations happen, but if it begins to become a trend you should see that as a sign to more on from this person
5. Don’t Be Embarrassed About Online Dating
In the past, people would be extremely embarrassed to mention the fact that they met their significant other via online dating. Even in today’s world, where 1 in 3 relationships begin online (a number that is sure to rise too), people still hold some embarrassment over the fact they met their partner via online dating. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to online dating, it is simply another medium to meet people that you may never have met otherwise if it wasn’t for the app or online dating site.