I've been online dating on and off for a number of years, and in 2018 it's something I imagine I'll dive back in to. For me, online dating isn't something that I personally can do for long periods of time because it can be quite draining. However, it is a great way to meet new people and potential dates.
Choosing A Dating Site
One of the nicest things about dating online, is that there are so many websites out there. That means, if you're looking for a niche or perhaps only interested in local dates, you know there is a website out there for you.
In fact there are adult dating websites for casual encounters and dating websites based towards those that really want to find a future husband/wife. It's best to do a little research into the different websites that are out there and find the one that suits you. Of course, there's nothing to stop you signing up for a couple of dating sites when you start and find the way that you feel works best for you.
Setting Up A Profile
Whether you've joined one of the casual sex dating sites out there or you have gone for something where people are seeking something more serious, you'll need to set up a profile. Personally, I always choose a couple of full length photos and mention the fact I am fat in my profile. It's important to me that anyone I date is as comfortable with my body as I am. I always put a little about what I am looking for too - after all, it's essential you and any potential dates are on the same page.
Once you have started talking to someone, the chances are you'll want to meet them - which is where the fun starts! However, as exciting as it is - you're meeting someone you don't really know yet, so please make sure you stay safe!
Personally, I choose to meet people in public places - not only does this feel safer, but it puts much less pressure on a date, in my opinion. Even so, I tend to make sure I have told a friend where I am going and also when I have left and when I get home.
Before I meet someone, I like to swap lots of selfies and speak on the phone. Not only does this help to reassure that you're meeting the person you think you are - but it is also a great way to get to know someone better and decide if you should meet them too!
Online dating is fun and it should always be so. For me, once the messages I get start to become draining or the process of online dating stops being fun I take a break. There is nothing wrong with taking a break and then coming back to online dating at a later date. The whole process supposed to be fun - so when it stops being so, stop doing it - until the time comes when it's fun again!