The global online dating industry is currently estimated at $3 billion. Last year, 17% of people who married met online, a major increase from previous years. However, the majority of people, especially women, do not want to use dating websites. While the stigma of online dating is not as high as it once was, it is still regarded negatively in some non-tech communities. A dating website would be used by twenty people out of a hundred.
What is the perfect Profile Picture for a person who is looking for love?
Make sure your ‘Profile Picture’ is decent because it is probably the most critical part of Facebook dating. The best photos are of you yourself, smiling and gazing straight into the camera. According to an OKcupid study of common images, if you don’t want to look into the camera, looking down works wonders. It goes without saying that the picture be of good quality; it doesn’t have to be a professional studio shot, but it shouldn’t be a grainy webcam shot. Pulling funny faces, blurring or cropping out other people, and making a flirty-face when looking away from the camera are all things to avoid at all costs. Use this style for multiple images in your ‘Profile Photo Album,’ and set the privacy to public or friends of friends, depending on how far you want to go with your quest.
Profile information (a.k.a. Relationship Status: single)
The ‘Relationship Status’ is a source of debate in various Facebook dating discussions. Many that advise against listing your relationship status do so because being in and out of relationships reflects poorly on your reliability and suitability as a good match. However, if a man’s relationship status is left blank, I and most people I’ve spoken with believe he’s in a relationship or looking for a good time. We believe the same of women who conceal their marital status. Since the information is open for exploration, if your ‘Relationship Status’ is set to ‘Single,’ you improve the chances of someone discovering you. However, if you are no longer single, I suggest that you wait 6-12 months before changing your relationship status. Set your ‘Looking For’ to ‘Friendship,’ and limit yourself to two options. Looking For: Dating, Friendship, and Networking, for example, can come across as desperate. Specify whether you’re interested in women or men in your ‘Interested In’ area. It’s also a good idea to include your full birthday; some people care about their age, and getting this out of the way saves everyone time. Maintain your personality in the rest of your profile, and try to include something interesting in the ‘About Me’ portion. Depending on how secure you feel, set your ‘Basic Details’ ‘Privacy Settings’ to ‘Friends of Friends’ or ‘Public.’
Search: how to find other singles
Now that your profile is complete, you can begin searching. Groups on Facebook are a wonderful way to meet new people. Becky, one of my colleagues, met her now-fiance in a Facebook photographers party. You may use groups to narrow down your search results based on your interests. If you’re a woman, look at the friends of your male friends, and if you’re a man, look at the friends of your female friends. Girls are more likely to have female friends than male friends, and vice versa. If you want to restrict your search results by faith, look for names that are commonly used in that religion. Join a singles party if you’re feeling bold.
The general rule is to send a message rather than a Friends Request or Poke as the first point of contact. I met my husband, however, by sending him a Friends Request four years ago, when Facebook was a much smaller platform. Accepting a friend entails a greater responsibility than just exchanging messages. When you feel relaxed with someone and are certain that they will not stalk you or freak out, add them. Remember that Facebook is your online identity, and no matter how secure we think we are, we are sharing a great deal of personal information on our profiles. Some people make a separate pick-up profile, but nothing is less attractive to a girl than a guy who only has female friends on his profile. It’s difficult to avoid making the second profile look fake. You must begin the conversation with a significant first sentence or two, just as you would in real life. Start off with something witty and upbeat. Discuss her activities and other material in her profile, and then ask a question to keep the conversation going naturally. Try not to be overbearing, and wait until you meet in person to discuss your problems. We all have concerns, so let’s set them aside for now. This is not the same as lying; certain things are best conveyed in person. “Hi, I like your glasses, I just wanted to know if you are one of those people who wear them inside as well?” I got a funny message once when my profile picture was of me wearing sunglasses. I responded simply because the message was amusing and unusual. If you have mutual friends with a potential date, however, you might inquire about them if you don’t mind them knowing you’re single and searching.
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Events: how to meet new people
If you don’t want to send messages, Facebook now allows you to view Friend’s Activities, which is a perfect way to meet new people. Check out who’s coming, and if anyone catches your attention, look up their profile and pictures before going to the case.
I’ve already discussed privacy, but I’d like to bring it up again. If you’re going to be messaging people on Facebook, double-check your privacy settings first.