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Make Online Dating Work for You Using These Tips

In today’s world everything is done online, including finding your next partner. From eHarmony and Plenty of Fish to Elite Singles, there are sites for every dating style and niche. The challenge is presenting yourself in an honest yet appealing way, and attracting someone who is looking for the same sort of relationship you are. Too often online dating becomes a portal for one-night stands or awkward first dates that go nowhere. It can take some work to find and attract someone who is looking for the same level of relationship and has similar interests and ethics. Here’s how to do it.

1. Be open-minded

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Happy couple looking at cell phone You have to be open to opportunity. | iStock.com

Online dating provides the opportunity to filter and find exactly what you’re looking for. You can narrow it down to someone who lives less than 10 miles away, is 5-foot-5-inches tall, and loves to surf. It’s great to know what you want, but when you filter too much, you lose out on all the people who have never surfed but live nearby and share your interest in a different hobby.

On top of that, scientists working with Match.com found the type of person people said they were interested in didn’t match up with the people they actually wanted. Apparently we don’t always know ourselves as much as we think we do. Be open-minded and only filter out things that are deal-breakers for you. It’s important to have something in common with your partner, but you don’t have to be completely aligned on every aspect of life.

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