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Online dating can seem a little intimidating the first time you try it. Finding companionship, sex or love online has become more and more common in recent years, but with so many options out there to choose from it can seem tough to get going. Here are a few of our top tips to help you get started and hopefully start finding what you are looking for.

Choose you platform

There are a lot of sites out there that all say roughly the same thing: that they can help you to find the sort of relationship that you want, but some have different niches and do things in different ways. For example, some sites specifically cater to people over a certain age or in different places or financial situations. Some are more formal, others more relaxed and some are all about true love – while others are suited to everything from friendship and up. Have a good think about what you are hoping to get out of it and what each platform can offer before you select one or more so you know what you are getting into and won’t be disappointed (in the format at least).

Write your biography

Again make sure you think about it before jumping in and just writing any old thing in your profile. This is what people will see, so make sure you are truthful and share what you like but also stay safe and don’t give away too many details about where you live and so on. Remember it really isn’t worth it to lie, you’ll only be wasting time and effort on a pretense you won’t be able to keep up and it will keep you from meeting someone who really might be more suited to you. Give some of your interests, keep it light and funny or get a bit deeper if you want, as long as it is true to you.

Select your photos

Photos are another important part of your profile. Make sure to include at least one picture of you alone where you can see your face so people know that it’s your profile. Another good option is to have photos of you doing things that interest you, or that you like. Activities like surfing, cycling or walking your dog can show people something about you without you having to spell it out as well, and can be good conversation starters when finding some common ground to get you going.

Stay safe

Remember that your safety is the most important thing. Always tell someone where you are going and who you are meeting, always meet people in a public place and don’t share personal information. We’re not talking about your hopes and dreams or what you’d like to get from an adult store but your bank details, address or other information should be kept private and not shared online. Report anything suspicious or that makes you feel uncomfortable, but as long as you take precautions and put your safety first it shouldn’t put you off giving online dating a try.

Once you have your platform and profile ready to go, get yourself out there and start looking for the kind of relationship you want to find today.