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If even the most well-planned greetings were met with rejection, there was likely another match waiting to immediately try again with.
As other sites such as OK Cupid, e Harmony and Plenty of Fish followed in Match’s footsteps, first impressions became based on perfectly crafted profiles rather than trying to understand someone in an overcrowded, noisy bar.
Use your profile to show what makes you unique — Avoid clichés.
Instead, opt to tell potential matches something funny or interesting about yourself, but keep it vague enough to make them want to know more.
More and more sites cropped up, some catering to specific races, ages and sexual orientations.
Fast forward to 2018, and dating websites were joined by cellphone apps such as Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel.
As a rule of thumb, talking about children, marriage, politics and controversial social issues with someone you haven’t met in person usually scares them off quickly.
That includes talking about exes or using photos with an ex cropped out.
Think of creating your profile as a fresh start and leave the former flames at the door.
But there are a handful of unwritten, universally accepted dos and don’ts of dating in the digital age.
Here’s what to keep in mind as you craft your profile and enter the online dating world.