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From Essence


Over half of all singles in the United States have used an online dating site before. Their use accounts for one out of every five relationships and one out of every six marriages. Given this compelling data, you would think most people would be singing praises of online dating websites, but this isn’t the case. I hear daily complaints, jokes, and even lawsuits about the crappiness of the “online dating experience.” I find most disgruntled users don’t have a plan. They simply get online and hope. But hope is not a strategy. If you want to make online dating work for you, you need a plan. Here are 10 tips to help:

Think Beyond “Dating Sites”

Don’t limit yourself to only online dating sites. There are many other sites that focus on building friendship through social discovery and networking. Sites like Facebook, Tagged and Meetup have all been used to broker relationships.

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