Making New (Love) Connections Online

Feb 13, 2013 No Comments by

Online Dating – Should you or shouldn”t you?

At a friend’s wedding that I recently attended, one of the questions asked of the happily married couple was “Where did you first meet?”. In my mind, there were a hundred scenarios and places where their first encounter could have happened. But their answer wasn’t in any that I imagined–online.


Three other people I know–two of which are cousins–met their spouses online. In fact, my good friend said she wasn’t ashamed to share that she found her husband on an online dating site. What matters is that she found the love of her life. So is online dating the new “in” thing? Perhaps there will be some who will be reluctant to explore the online dating scene, but if traditional dating won’t get you anywhere, it’s time to take a chance on love elsewhere.


Before you take the online plunge, make sure to choose trustworthy sites. You can ask from friends who have tried online dating what sites are best and safe to explore. Avoid those “dating sites” with lewd pictures. Here are a few more tips on navigating the online dating arena.

Be Honest

When you create your profile, try to be as honest as you can

be. Don’t make up a completely different persona that is the complete opposite of who you are. Be creative when you describe your likes and dislikes. Don’t worry about what other people think. You don’t have to be so self-conscious online. If you’re shy, chatting will allow you to get over the anxiety of talking to people face-to-face. Also, being honest doesn’t mean you need to spill out your life’s story to the first person you meet and click with online. Don’t kiss and tell. Leave room for mystery.

Be Open-minded

Be open to meeting different types of people even those outside your ideal type. Being open-minded, however, doesn’t mean you have to agree with the views of every person you talk to. Speak your mind and argue with people. People are entitled to their own opinions and you don’t have to be forced to think the way they do. Debates also make for interesting conversations. There is, however, a limit to how open-minded you can be. Disrespect is not one of them. The internet is filled with a crazy assortment of characters. You don’t have to befriend everyone. Go ahead and cut ties when someone is deliberately rude to you.

online dating bear, Dating Symbol blog, photo credit Start as Friends

Friendship is always a good foundation for any relationship. My cousin, Dessa, met her husband Alex on an online dating site. Though she was in a relationship at that time, they still became good friends. In fact, Alex became her sounding board when she was having problems with her then boyfriend. He gave her advice and encouraged her. Later, when she told him that she broke off her relationship, they started talking more. Their friendship soon blossomed into romance. After two years of dating, they decided to tie the knot. Even when things don’t work out when you try online dating, you can still end up to be good friends.

Don’t be Afraid to Try Again

Not everyone is going to be lucky enough to find love on the first try. So don’t feel discouraged after a bad experience. Online dating is just like regular dating, there are going to be hits and misses. Some of these misses could turn out to be your friends for life. Always keep your communication lines open and make use of social media like facebook and twitter to keep in touch. If you think it’s a hassle, there are sites that will help you manage your social network updates and email messages.

Don’t Try Too Hard

Sometimes, despair drives lonely people to be very aggressive in their hunt for love. But the thing about love is, the more you try to find it, the more it will elude you. Let love find you instead. I’m not saying you need to wait in vain. Give love a hand by going out to places where you can meet new people or by being visible on the online dating world. Who knows, your next online connection could be the foundation of a lifetime of love.


Dating Symbol”s blogger today is Based

in San Diego, California. Tiffany Matthews is a social media contributor for She also writes about travel, fashion, and anything under the sun at When not writing, she likes to travel and watch movies with friends. You can find her on Twitter as @TiffyCat87.

With Valentine”s Day around the corner, if you”re still trying to meet your match, why not try a little bit of online dating, you never know…

And for more great Valentine”s Day tips try these ideas out.














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