- Online dating app Tinder was the most downloaded dating app worldwide in 2021 with 67 million downloads1
- Number of people downloading and using online dating is set to reach 70 million come 2024 according to Statista.com2
- From making your profile stand out to dating-app safety VoiceNation have revealed five tips for dating online
It can be hard for people to find ‘the one’ when living in the era of social media, where flirting and first appearances happen online. According to Google Trends, ‘online dating tips’ saw an increase of +110% worldwide, while ‘online dating vs traditional dating’ saw a rise of +120%3 in the past 12 months.
With this in mind, VoiceNation have revealed five top tips on how to be a better online dater – and stay safe in the process!
Make your dating profile stand out
It’s tricky to know what to write in a profile bio, but the best way forward is to not copy other people and keep your own tone of voice. This will help people you match with get a feeling of your personality!
In bios, you could add in anything from age to hobbies to what you are looking for in a partner, but make sure not to reveal any sensitive information. In addition to a strong bio, make sure you use photos of yourself.
When it comes to images, choose some photos of yourself first, plus some group photos and any imagery conveying what your hobbies are – are you into cycling, or hiking, or maybe you’re a wine connoisseur in the evenings? Share bits of yourself you think will show off all your good sides!
Set your boundaries
This is important both online and offline. Before creating a dating profile, remember your boundaries. Under no circumstance should anyone push you outside of your comfort zone. Remember what you want out of your online dating, and don’t agree to meet up if you feel uncomfortable with doing so.
Be clear on your boundaries from the start, so that no uncomfortable situation occurs. If someone tries to pressure you, the block button is there for a reason.
Be your best, and truest, self!
Everyone wants to present their best parts online to be liked, but it’s important to stay true to who you are. Don’t pretend you love dogs if you’re afraid of them, just because someone you matched with owns one.
It’s important to be honest about your own life – you’ll be setting yourself up for a catastrophe further on in the relationship if you lie about your likes and dislike just to please someone else.
Stay kind and safe
If you ever feel like someone is being rude, insensitive or display unpleasant behavior, don’t hesitate to report it to the dating app’s security team. And remember to never reveal any personal or sensitive information online, like bank and security details about yourself.
If you do agree to go on a date with someone you have met online, meet up in a public space, like a café or restaurant. Don’t go home to their place until you get to know them properly and don’t get them to pick you up at yours. Safety first!
Don’t rush it – dating is supposed to be fun
Infinite swiping isn’t good for anyone. If you find yourself exhausted by trying to find a date, it’s all right to step away from the world of online dating to gather your thoughts and feelings.
Dating is supposed to be a fun experience for everyone involved. If you find yourself stuck for words, or simply want to try something new, why not test VoiceNation’s very own ‘Pick-up Line’. Powered by their 24/7 call answering technology?
Singletons can dial 844.633.LOVE (for free in the US) to be presented with a series of winning lines. When ringing the pick-up line, you’ll be presented with the following two options:
- Option 1 – provide you with a list of funny pick-up lines sure to lighten the mood and break the ice, perfect for a flirtatious first encounter.
- Option 2 – provide you with a list of more traditionally romantic pick-up lines, perfect if you’re struggling to find a way to put your feelings into words.
If you feel like you want to try something a little bit different, why not try the pick-up line and visit VoiceNation’s site here – maybe it’s just the right thing to do in your search for ‘the one’.