An Online Dater’s Guide to Relationships
When venturing into the world of Online Dating, it soon becomes apparent that it can lead to new experiences, and the development of a multitude of different relationships. From friends to lovers, it’s important to be clear about your expectations, and respect the expectations of those you meet online.
Whether you are looking to ‘hook up’ for casual dates or meet a special someone for a long-term romance, or you aren’t sure what type of relationship you are really interested in; here is an Online Dater’s Guide to Relationships…
Supportive, encouraging, and usually entertaining, friends are a fun way to get started in the Online Dating community. There are always those hanging out online who are simply looking for friendship and people to share experiences with; although, the majority of Online Daters are open (and usually say so upfront) to the possibility of friendship later leading to something more, if the feeling is mutual.
So, even if you’re romance-hungry, make some friends and see what happens. Just think of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail, who see their Online friendship blossom into a full-blown romantic relationship. With a solid friend-foundation, this is often where some of the best couples begin their adventure together.
You’re single and free, so why not enjoy all that the single life has to offer?! Think of Charlie O’Connell, of reality TV’s The Bachelor – he has a casual, open-minded, and free-spirited approach to dating. And this can be a lot of fun… Online Dating hook-ups can flourish from chatting, flirting, and emailing a few Online Daters within your zip code area, or nearby. However, if you’re really interested in something serious, don’t expect these types to be eagerly awaiting your next Instant Message or email. It’s casual, so they are likely also emailing a few Online Daters at the same time!
Are you cool with long-distances? Some feel safer and more secure playing close to home, while those comfortable with this type of relationship probably don’t believe that geography should get in the way of Fate or romance.
Whatever the case may be, long-distance romances usually require attention, commitment, and effort. But the rewards can be great – many times when these couples finally do meet and hook-up, the fireworks are phenomenal!
Another perk is that it gives you plenty of time to get to know each other without having to have premature “should we meet?” conversations.
Ultimately, long-distance relationships aren’t for everyone, but for those who are down with it; this can be an incredible experience!
So, you’re looking for true love, your numero uno, your one and only – you are interested in a Soulmate relationship. And they are out there. With a little effort, you can track them down. Now, it’s easy to say that, but how do you find them online?
Occasionally other Online Daters recommend going the friendship route, and soon enough, you might realize that this really good friend is actually ‘the one.’ Others suggest that if you take geography out of the equation, your chances of finding your soulmate are vastly improved. Nevertheless, either way, those who have a soulmate quest in the back of their mind likely know what they really want, what qualities make up their special someone, thus are serious about the connections they are making.
Closely reading Online Profiles could be the best way to start this type of relationship, as you can read about his/her interests and see how they mesh with your ideal. Take it from there, and good luck!