While traditional dating may be useful, it’s somewhat time-consuming. Thankfully, the Internet has made it possible to meet and establish a relationship with anyone from any part of the globe. Adult online dating is the golden ticket for those looking for romantic adventures. The secret is to keep your options open as you find that person that you’re most compatible with. Unlike traditional dating, there are no serious talks or messy breakups.
Forget that stuff of playing hard to get or never having sex on a first date. Does this sound too good to be true? Whether you’re looking for a romantic adventure outside your relationship or you want to meet someone new, you should follow these Ten Commandments of adult online dating commandments religiously:
1. Thou shalt be honest at all times
When dating online, you should be absolutely clear of your intentions right from the start. While you may want to add some spice on your profile to make it look more exciting, this could be a major turn off if he or she finds out that you lied. Being honest about your situation is good for everyone in the long run. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone online that you think is up for a no-strings-attached relationship, when in actuality they are married and come with baggage and restrictions. Just be truthful about your situation and what you’re looking for, so no one gets their feelings hurt.
2. Thou shalt rack up the digits
There is absolutely nothing wrong asking for a phone number after connecting with a love interest online. If you’re not looking for a long-term commitment, you’ll be always on the lookout for someone new. When things fizzle with your current partner, you might want to have a list of new potential dates. Just keep it lighthearted and have fun. Don’t be afraid to ask for their number, because remember – the worst they can say is no.
3. Thou shalt treat your dating partner with respect
On the other side of that computer screen there is an actual person, so you should behave decently as you would offline. Even if you go for a date and the chemistry isn’t there, don’t pretend you’ve never met him or her when you meet on the streets. Have the decency to say hello and even spare a few minutes of talk. But if the sparks turn into fireworks on the first or second date, control that urge to drop in at their place unexpectedly. Remember, you both entered into adult dating and agreed to have some boundaries. You want strictly fun and nothing serious.
4. Thou shalt not stalk dates on social media
Social media is great for keeping in touch with friends and family and making sure a potential date actually exists. But it’s not a platform for stalking someone. It might begin innocently enough, with you browsing through their Facebook pics or Instagram food. But it could end up being a big rabbit hole that you’ll fall into. Keep your social media searches to a minimum.
5. Thou shalt zip up your baggage
When dating an adult, it’s obvious you’ll enter into a relationship with some kind of history. While your ex may have given you a nervous breakdown, don’t reveal that on your date. Instead, keep your emotions in check and don’t let your heart steal your brain. If you find yourself unzipping your baggage and talking about your past constantly, chances are that you’re not over your ex. Sometimes, you might find yourself suggesting that you visit those places you used to go with your ex. It’s prudent that you leave those other people and places behind when searching for your new online endeavors.
6. Thou shalt listen to your intuition
Before you take things to the next level, it’s important that you take time to listen to that little voice inside. If you’re feeling uncomfortable around your online date, you should think twice. Also, ask yourself if you really want to meet new people with no string attached. And if you are halfway through the first date and you are sure things are not going to work out, come up with a way of breaking the news. On the same note, let them know if you’re ready to move from casual dating to something more exclusive. But if they don’t feel the same, don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Just be true to yourself.
7. Thou shalt not make it personal after a rejection
There are many reasons why a person can lose interest in you. While it sucks that things didn’t work out, you should not take it personally or take the blame. If you send a text to them and they fail to reply, don’t get angry. Sometimes, you may find yourself sending a spite-filled message demanding for an explanation. Instead, cool down and consider it a lost cause. Go back to the drawing board and look for someone else. There are plenty of fish in the online sea.
8. Thou shalt not talk too much about your accomplishments
While you want to put your best foot forward when dating an adult online, you should avoid boasting about what you’ve achieved if you’re looking for casual dating. Being overconfident about your accomplishments won’t get you a date. The best approach to get a date is to create a profile that is eye-catching and trustworthy. This also applies if you want to get more serious with your partner. Humility is what actually gets you dates.
9. Thou shalt be proactive
Choosing your perfect match when dating online can be a real challenge so you have to be really good at making decisions. Although one person may be more fun and wittier than the other, it’s still possible that they will not be a good fit for you. If you like what you see, keep the date. But if you feel that person is not the deal breaker, keep going out. To maximize your chances of getting the perfect match, try to talk to as many people as possible.
10. Thou shalt always keep safe
When dating online, it can be tempting to take some risks that you’d normally never take. Always remember that you’re getting to know people who are complete strangers to you. That said, you should be careful when sharing your personal information. If you find someone is a little suspicious, you should take time before you meet them. Be sure that person is what he or she claims to be. It’s a good idea for you to use Google images to check whether the photos they have posted are theirs or if they actually belong to someone else.