By Brianna Porter
It’s a new age of dating, and more and more people are turning to dating apps and websites to meet that special someone, as opposed to being introduced by a friend or happenstance. While this isn’t exactly breaking news, as with all new technologies we encounter, there is always more to learn about these things in order to get the most out of them. If you’re one of those people spending hours every day shuffling through all the supposed “eligible bachelors” to no avail, look no further. Read on for some tips and tricks that’ll ensure you’ll get what you want out of these apps- safely and quickly!
DO have a bio that is both fun and consistent with what you’re looking for — so if you’re looking for a real relationship, don’t make it seem like you’re just down for hook-ups. State what you’re there for, then finish with a witty one-liner.
DO ask other people what they’re on there for. If they can’t answer the question, they’re sketchy and should be avoided, but most of them will give you the honest answer you’re looking for, so you’ll know if you’re on the same page.
DON’T be unapproachable. This probably sounds silly because most people seek out dating apps voluntarily, but you’ll be surprised how many women will refuse a compliment. If someone opens a conversation with something flattering, say thank you (and return the favor if you’d like). Shooting someone’s opinion down right off the bat isn’t very romantic.
DON’T swipe left or right without reading someone’s bio first. Sometimes, those with questionable profile pictures turn out to be the most down-to-earth, while those with great pictures are either dull or cocky.
DO swipe left on people with weapons in their profile pictures. This happens more than you’d expect and they’ll never be good news. Also, anybody flipping the bird is a no-go. It shows they won’t take you seriously- as you shouldn’t for them.
DON’T agree to meet with someone when you haven’t been talking long enough (or just don’t get a good vibe from this person). Be cautious with those that ask you to hang out right away (as in that same day).
DO ask them if they’re a feminist. This might sound a little random, but it’s a good way to get a check on where they stand for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and human rights in general. Also, if they don’t care about feminism, they may not respect you in the way want and deserve, and that’s definitely NOT what you want.
DO meet somewhere public (and drive yourself), always tell someone where you’re going to be, and bring protection (like pepper spray, not condoms — unless that’s what you’re there for) — no matter how well you think you know this person already or how nice they seem.
DO have fun and be smart. You deserve to be happy!
Happy dating, everyone!
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