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How Couples Meet 

Going online to find love is now the most popular way for singles to meet.

ArabLounge Magazine > Dating & Relationships| February 09, 2021

Every day, all over the world, people meet, fall in love and experience life together. There are many ways that couples meet, from private matchmakers to being set up by friends and finding love at work. where do most people meet their spouse? Online dating sites are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways that couples meet, so it pays to check out the online dating statistics and start creating your own love story.

How Do Couples Meet?

According to online dating statistics, more than 39 percent of couples met online in 2020. You are now most likely to meet your match online than at school or work. In the past, most couples meet in high school or college, or at the workplace. That trend has shifted, and now people are increasingly using algorithms, social media and good old fashioned science in the form of dating apps to meet and find love. This trend is significant, in that it means that men and women who are seeking companionship are no longer limited to the people in their immediate circle. You can meet people in other industries, other cities or even in other countries.

The Benefits of Online Dating

One of the major benefits of couples online dating is that you can use the application's algorithm to select your perfect partner. You can select a partner who shares your love of photography or one who wants to live in a converted van and travel all over the country. You can select someone who is blind or who is allergic to cats. You can select a partner who is shorter than you are, one who wants to build a large family or one who wants to live on a farm and raise alpacas. The sky is the limit when it comes to selecting the partner who is perfect for you.

Find Someone With Shared Goals

Another benefit of online dating is the ability to find someone who shares your relationship goals. With offline meeting, it can take time to find out that the person you are interested in doesn't share your relationship goals. You may date a person for months before you find out that they only want a casual friendship instead of a potential spouse. Or get into a serious relationship with someone, only to later find out that they want an open partnership. With online dating, people state their intentions upfront on their profile so you can make informed choices before you start pursing them.

Discover People's Intentions Upfront

When you meet a person you like at your workplace, you never quite know their relationship situation. Are they married but don't wear a ring? Are they ending a relationship and looking for a new person? Are they happily engaged? Expecting a baby? With dating sites, you know that most of the people on the sites are single. While there are some people on dating sites who are not single (and are pretending to be) the majority of people are there for the same reason.

Choose the Right Site for Your Needs

Choosing the right site is vital to having the best luck with online dating. There are many sites that cater to all types of niches and subcultures. There is dating for people 50+, dating for people of certain religions and dating for widows and widowers. You can find dating sites that appeal to farmers, dating sites for people who travel frequently and dating sites for same sex couples. When you narrow down your search by setting up profiles on niche sites, you are more likely to find someone who will be a great match.

Once you have selected the right site, a good way to ensure that you will have a positive dating experience is to start with a comprehensive profile. Here is where you "sell" yourself. Talk about your hobbies, your preferences and your life experience. Don't be afraid to be authentic and real. Maybe you are a bit geeky or awkward. Perhaps you are trying to overcome a fear of spiders. Be honest and open about who you are. Nobody is perfect, and your potential mate knows this.

Create an Awesome Profile

Avoid negativity in your profile. Online dating studies show that people are turned off by profiles with negative words in them. Instead of listing what you don't want in a partner, list what you do want. Try not to trot out a list of requirements. It's better to talk about the whole person instead of individual elements. Take time to think about your ideal person. What do they like to do? Where do they live? What do they want out of life? What do they like to do in their free time?

Good Photos Make all the Difference

Use a good photo of yourself that presents you in the best light. It can even help to have professional photos taken. Avoid photos with other people in them, selfies and photos that don't show your best features. People tend to be attracted to smiling faces, so flash your toothy grin to get more matches. It pays to remember that there are typically more men than women on online dating sites, and women tend to get flooded with messages. If you are a man trying to pursue a woman, you have to stand out with a great photo for her to consider opening your message. If you are a woman looking for a man, it pays to keep in mind that men tend to me visual creatures, so using your best possible photo---good lighting and great angles help---is key to getting the most high-quality matches.

Use the Science to Your Advantage

Let the app work its scientific magic. In many cases, we think we know exactly what we want or who would be perfect for us, but science can often send us unexpected good surprises. Take advantage of the site's personality tests, conversation starter questions and compatibility quizzes. You will be surprised at how eye-opening these elements are and how they can help us to find the best possible person that we might not have considered on our own.

Communicate Well and Often

Communicate with people on the app. The more messages you send and respond to, the more the algorithm will work in your favor. People who are active on these sites typically get top placement and are shown to more matches than those who are not as active. Finding the right match might take a bit of work, but it is worth it if you find the right person in the end.

Make a great first impression in your messaging. While it may seem tempting to cut and paste a message and send it to everyone on the site, this technique rarely works. Take the time to read the person's profile and see what resonates with you. Avoid them temptation to simply message every single person and see who responds. That method is a huge waste of time and people can see right through this.

Set up a Date!

Don't forget to take your interactions offline. After you have found a few people that you like and have had conversations with them, set up a time to meet in person. In many cases, people may build up a perception of you in their mind that doesn't match reality. By taking your interaction into the "real world," you get a chance to see the person up close for who they really are.

Good first date ideas include lunch or dinner out, a shared interest like golf, biking or painting or another fun activity that will give you an opportunity to talk.

Get the Most Use From Your Dating App

Continue to search online and use your dating apps until both of you agree to an exclusive relationship. You would be surprised at how many people meet online and date multiple people for deciding on a match. Remember that the person you are now seeing is probably seeing other people as well, so it pays to keep your options open and continue to use your dating apps until they are no longer necessary.

Protect Yourself While Dating

While most people on dating sites are legitimate and honest, there are always scams to watch out for. There are a significant number of married people who set up dating site profiles, so it pays to be able to recognize them. Married people often have blurry photos or no photo at all on their profiles. They may only communicate during certain hours---don't expect to hear from them in the evenings or on weekends. They may indicate that they are "separated," or "living with a roommate." They may disappear for days at a time. Once you have eliminated these people from your dating matches, you will have a better online dating experience.

When it comes to meeting the right person, more people than ever before are turning to online dating. If you are wondering how many relationships start online, the answer is quite a few. With the ability to expand your dating options, tailor your search and meet the perfect person, there has never been a better time to start looking for love online. By following a few tips, you can enjoy a fun and exciting experience with online dating.

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