Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Social Media - the new cupid?

According to recent studies, one out of eight couples married in the US met via social media.*

eHarmony, Match.com, PlentyofFish, Yahoo!Personals, and many, many more...they're all social media outlets designed to help bring single people together. Depending on your level of comfort in the online dating space, there's more than likely a site out there that's right for you. A few tips from someone who's been there, done that, and yes, even considered going back for more (hey, if nothing else, it's entertaining):

1. Spend time on your profile - let your personality show, make sure your pictures are current (we don't really care what you looked like three+ years ago), and please, please use spell check!

2. Be patient - online dating can be like a part-time job. Dedicate some time to it and know Rome wasn't built in a day, neither will a relationship.

3. Safety first - the online world can be scary, so be cautious. Always meet in public places for the first time and tell someone where you're going to be. Also, maybe shoot for drinks or coffee on a first date rather than committing to something more concrete like dinner or a movie. It gives you the opportunity to feel things out a little and see if there's enough there to schedule a second date.

4. Have fun - you never know, that person you meet could make you one of the eight US couples to get married someday! And if nothing else, you could meet some really great people along the way!

*YouTube video, "Is Social Media a fad or the biggest shift since the industrial revolution?"

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