Introduction to Online Dating...
For those of you who have never experienced online dating, a little general introductory information is in order.
How it Works...
Dating sites all pretty much work the same way. Without becoming a member, you can search through profiles with minimal search criteria, usually as follows: I am a 'Man' looking for a 'Woman' between the ages of '21' and '35' within '50' miles of your zip code (or city).
A few sites will make you register just to search at all. You can see a photo, an age, and a headline, sometimes a partial profile, one or two even allow you to view the entire profile. We recommend you look for the best and complete source of date site reviews.
Registering means becoming a member, which usually involves creating a profile. Subscribing means that you are signing up to be a paying member, which allows you more privileges. Most sites will not allow a non-member to send emails to other users; if they do, the number of emails allowed is limited. If you are having difficulty in choosing a dating room to join, we recommend you check out some of these online dating sites. Here you will find Lesbian Personals with an extensive selection of dating site reviews and recommendations to help make your decision easier.
Some users will refer to another email address in their profile; this is not allowed, but is gotten around in various ways, i.e., you can find me at 'iamhere' at that yahoo place. You might also see 'I am not a member' in a headline, which generally means 'Email me -- I can't email you'. All sites differ on what is allowed for free. The services may include the following:
* Winks (also called, icebreakers, whispers, etc.) This is an initial foray/flirt intended to show interest. Some sites will allow a non-member to send an email reply to a wink.
* Hot Lists/Favorites -- when you see a profile that interests you, you can add that profile to your Hot List for future reference. You can specify in your preferences whether or not you allow that profile to be informed when you add them to your Hot List. If they are informed, it's sort of a subtle/passive version of the wink.
* Emails -- usually contained within the site. You can 'block' specified users from emailing you.
* Extended search functionality -- height, religion, you name it, you can narrow it down exactly as you like it.
* Chat -- There are chat rooms and then there is instant messaging.
* Voice Mails -- You can record a voice mail greeting.
* Mobile Phone Messaging (wireless) -- You can do searches from your mobile phone, browse profiles and chat.
* Videos -- videos can be created for your profile.
* Forums, community areas, speed dating, travel groups, and site-sponsored face to face meeting events.
On most of the mainstream dating sites,
obscene language is not allowed in profiles, nor are what might be
considered 'adult' profile photos. Some of the sites are very
strict. Some sites do not allow 'married' as a status.
Sending obscene messages or pressuring (stalking) another user, if reported, will result in a cancellation of membership.
Prices range from $5.00 to $27 per month, unless you go to a full service dating service . Purchasing a several
month subscription will reduce that even further. (Look for prices
buried in the Help section.)
What to Expect...
There are many wonderful, interesting and honest people online these
days. However, it is estimated that 1/3 of all users at singles
dating sites are married or otherwise committed, so be aware.
Also, there are some that I would call 'players'; maybe I'm wrong but they're online year after year; some of them are almost constantly online and have quite attractive photos. You gotta wonder. Then there are those individuals who show up on several sites with different ages and characteristics; same photo, though.
It is however, absolutely fascinating to read about so many people and what they are like; it's obvious why it's become so popular. Have fun! Next safety tips for dating Online