Whether you are new to online dating or have been in it for a while, it is only natural that you have several questions about how it works and what you can expect from it. Here are some of the most common issues that people will face on online dating and answers to it from Judith Prays, who is currently working as a dating advisor at JudithPrays.com website.
Me: Is there an age limit for you to use the service?
Judith: Yes, all online dating sites have a set age limit for the people that can use their service. In Australia for instance, 18 is the minimum age while in the United States most sites have a minimum age requirement of 21 years. Still, you may find sites that only cater to those over a certain age say 30, 40, and 50 and so on.
Me: Who actually uses online dating?
Judith: The online dating pool comprises individuals of all types that you can find in “real world” dating. You will find workaholics, skinny people, obese people, poor people, rich people, recent college graduates, retirees, and just about anybody else you can think about.
Me: Is online dating safe?
Judith: In terms of online safety, the online dating sites use the most advanced security system available. However, you should understand that these features end when it comes to meeting up with your online date in person. At this juncture, any decisions you will have made will be down to you and the person you are meeting, and the website will have no say on the issue.
Me: How much does it cost?
Judith: Different online dating services will charge different rates. Some services are actually free while others offer free trials often subject to slight limitations. If you choose to pay for membership, you can expect to pay anywhere from $10 to as much as $50+ per month. If you pay the membership fee, all the dating functions will be accessible to you and some services like Match.com will actually offer you a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the service or if you don’t find love after a certain period.
Me: How much should you disclose about yourself in the profile?
Judith: You should disclose enough just to create a curiosity gap. You should aim to create a sense of excitement and mystery and give potential mates a good reason to contact you. Disclosing too much about yourself could be risky for your personal safety, and you risk scaring away potential mates.
Me: How long does it take to find love?
Judith: When it comes to online dating or any other type of dating for that matter, nothing is guaranteed. However, if you approach the situation with an open mind and are willing to meet new people, you will find a partner in no time.
Me: When should you reach out to a new match?
Judith: It may not be such a good idea to jump straight to their inbox. If you have just matched recently, it is likely that you are still going through each other’s profiles. Wait for at least one day, think about what you would like to ask them in the first message then get typing. When you get to messaging them, choose something they might have mentioned in their profile then ask a question pertaining to it. This will make it easier for them to respond and it will let them know that you have taken a time to read their profile.
Me: Final Thoughts?
Judith: Online dating might seem daunting at first, but once you get used to it, everything becomes much easier. The questions discussed here are some of the most common one’s people have about online dating. Hopefully, they have cleared the air about what online dating is and what it entails. Good luck in your search!