The technological advances since the arrival of the internet revolutionized communications throughout the world.  Not only is it easier to speak to someone on a different continent, it’s now possible to send messages, host shared video meetings and conferences and exchange data of many different types. Alongside these improvements, and the growth of internet gaming and betting, dating has also gone online and your computer, laptop and smartphone have become the perfect tools for finding like-minded people and connecting with potential partners.

A huge variety of platforms for meeting people, such as online dating and social networking sites, cater for all kinds of matchmaking and you can select certain criteria on which this is based, including age, profession and the nature of the desired relationship. Newer sites have emerged since 2010 when mobile devices really began to boost the fashion for online dating.  Your smartphone is now so smart that you can access all the same features that once required a hefty computer. Most dating apps are suitable for both iOS and Android operating systems and are also free, so you can connect with people really quickly and easily.

Finding your ideal online dating site

It pays to shop around for the kind of site that provides the services you require; for example, if you want to make connections with people who live in a particular geographical area, rather than spending a lot of time visiting potential sites, you can check out reviews and articles that have been written and researched to do the looking for you.

Recently Russian dating sites featuring beautiful Russian women have been showcased online, allowing you to make an informed comparison between the dating and introduction services they offer. These sorts of lifestyle articles are particularly helpful if you are hoping to connect with someone from abroad, although actually it’s sensible to get the low-down on any dating website you are thinking of using, as there have been issues with certain sites.

Staying safe

When problems arise these are generally due to misinformation – some individuals are known to have set up multiple fake accounts with the intention of scamming their dates, usually in an attempt to get money from them. In addition, some sites are known to have tried tying clients into longer-term accounts than were originally intended. While most good sites make every effort to preserve privacy you still need to be cautious about any real life arrangements you make with someone you don’t know well. To make sure you stay safe and enjoy using a legitimate online dating site, try following these simple tips:

Select your site with care

Having read all the useful information you can find, choose a site appropriate to your preferences. If casual dating is your aim, the Tinder app may be right for you. Your Facebook photo and profile is easily uploaded to create your Tinder profile and the site has won respect because of its emphasis on privacy and mutual attraction. A group of former Tinder employees set up rival site Bumble which functions in pretty much the same way, except only females are allowed to initiate conversations.

Take your profile seriously

When there’s an opportunity to view another person’s profile you want it to give you sufficient information to help you decide about making contact, so bear this in mind when setting up your own. Be honest about yourself – there’s no need to write a life history but do say enough to give a flavor of your personality, interests and passions. It’s better to be confident than desperate, but don’t overdo it.

Choose classy photos rather than silly selfies

Three photos of yourself that you actually like is the minimum to aim for and make sure at least one is a full-body picture. Headshots are useful but seeing all of a person is also important. Also, choose good quality photos that are well lit and clear.

Honesty really is the best policy

It can be so easy to describe yourself as the person you wished you were, rather than the person you know you are. For example, if you’re a more mature gentleman then accepting and acknowledging the fact is far better than pretending you’re twenty years younger.

If you carry out these basic tasks then you’re more likely to have a positive online dating experience. You will also be in a better position to meet someone you like and who also finds you attractive and appealing.

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