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Are you single and ready to mingle in North Carolina? In an era of social media where people flirt and make first impressions online, it can be difficult to find ‘the one’. During the past year, searches for ‘online dating tips’ and ‘online dating vs traditional dating’ grew significantly.

According to estimates, 70 million people will download and use online dating services by 2024. For new users of dating apps, VoiceNation has gathered five tips on how to navigate the challenging world of online dating and remain safe at the same time. Here are the top five tips for North Carolinians below.

  • 1. Make Your Dating Profile Stand Out

    A profile bio can be tricky to write, but the best way forward is to avoid copying other people and speak in your own voice. This will help people you match with understand you better. You can include anything in your bio, from age to hobbies to what you’re looking for in a partner, but don’t divulge anything sensitive. Make sure you include photos of yourself in addition to a strong bio. Take some pictures of yourself first, along with some group photos and images that demonstrate what your hobbies are – do you like cycling, hiking, or are you a wine connoisseur at night? Show off your good sides by sharing bits and pieces of yourself!

     

  • 2. Set Your Boundaries

    Online and off, this is crucial. Remember your boundaries before creating a dating profile. Do not allow anyone to push you outside of your comfort zone. Keep in mind what you want from online dating, and don’t agree to meet if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Be clear about your boundaries from the beginning, so that uncomfortable situations do not arise. You can block someone if they try to pressure you.

  • 3. Be your best, and truest, self!

    We all want to present our best selves online to be liked, but it’s important to stay true to ourselves. Just because someone you matched with owns a dog doesn’t mean you love it. When you lie about your likes and dislikes to please others, you’ll set yourself up for a disaster later on in the relationship.

  • 4. Stay Kind and Safe

    Don’t hesitate to contact the dating app’s security team if you feel someone is rude, insensitive, or displaying unpleasant behavior. Remember, you should never reveal sensitive information about yourself online, such as your bank account or security details. If you decide to go on a date with someone you met online, meet up in a public area with them, such as a café or restaurant. Don’t go to their place until you get to know them better, and don’t let them pick you up from your place. Be safe!

  • 5. Don’t rush it! Remember, dating is supposed to be fun!

    Infinite swiping isn’t good for anyone. If you find yourself exhausted by trying to find a date, it’s all right to step away from the world of online dating to gather your thoughts and feelings. Dating is supposed to be a fun experience for everyone involved. If you find yourself stuck for words, or simply want to try something new, why not test VoiceNation’s very own ‘Pick-up Line’. Powered by their 24/7 call answering technology? Singletons can dial 844.633.LOVE (for free in the US) to be presented with a series of winning lines. When ringing the pick-up line, you’ll be presented with the following two options:

    • Option 1 – provide you with a list of funny pick-up lines sure to lighten the mood and break the ice, perfect for a flirtatious first encounter.
    • Option 2 – provide you with a list of more traditionally romantic pick-up lines, perfect if you’re struggling to find a way to put your feelings into words.