Hot tips for online dating – increase your hit rate while social distancing
Even at the best of times, dating is not an exact science. There’s no magic solution as to how to meet people that you connect with, let alone how to make your date of sufficient quality that it leads to some repeat business.
All of that has got considerably more difficult during the current Covid-19 pandemic. How are you supposed to connect with other guys if you’re stuck at home?
The reality is that you’ve got to use the tools that you’ve got available to you, seize every opportunity, and try different things until you stumble across something that works for you.
Gaydar – the online dating specialists – have put together some hot tips that are worth a try if you want to keep your dating options open while we’re all in isolation.
Plenty of fish in the sea
Dating is a bit of a numbers game. You’re going to have to cast your net fairly far and wide in order to find the guys that tick your boxes and are up for getting together – whenever that once again becomes a possibility.
Look for a dating app that gives you Unlimited Browsing. This feature means that you’re never going to run out of profiles to view, and you can keep searching until you hit the jackpot.
Take a hint
It can be hard to constantly be putting yourself out there, unsure about how other guys are perceiving you.
One of our favourite online dating tools is the feature that lets you see if someone has added you as a Favourite.
If someone has added you as a Favourite, you’ve got to take that as a compliment and as a clear signal that they’re interested in getting to know you a bit better. Check them out, send them a wink or a message – let them know that they’re move hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Fly under the radar
If you’re in research mode, you may not want the whole world to know what you’re up to. Incognito Mode allows you to view profiles without anyone knowing who you’ve been looking at.
This is particularly handy if you’re stalking your gym-crush and figuring out how to make a move now that you can no longer bump into him in the changing room.
Know where you’re at
One of the frustrating things about online dating is when the conversation stops for some reason and you’re not sure what’s happening.
Read Receipts is the solution.
If you’ve got Read Receipts turned on for your dating app, you’ll be able to tell when someone has read your message. This has lots of advantages.
If they haven’t read your message, then they’re obviously busy doing something else – there’s no point waiting for an immediate response or hassling them as to why they haven’t answered. Be patient, continue your search elsewhere or distract yourself while you’re waiting for them to get back online.
If they have read your message and haven’t responded, then that’s okay. Maybe you’re not what they’re looking for, or maybe there’s something else going on with them that means that a date isn’t going to happen. Take it on the chin and move on.
Keep the spark alive
In pretty much every online dating conversation, there’s going to be the inevitable question as to whether you’ve got some more pics.
Some extra photos of your gorgeous face are helpful, as they let the other guy know that you’re real and you’re not pretending to be someone that you’re not.
They’re also going to be looking for some body pics. They’re going to want to see what’s on the menu if you ever managed to get together in person.
Use a dating app that has an Adult Photos function. You can decide who you share your Adult Photos with, but it gives you the opportunity to share every inch of what you’re got to offer when you need to seal the deal with the guy you’ve been chatting with.
Be laser focused
While dating is a numbers game, you need to be as efficient as possible and maximise your chances of finding what you’re looking for.
Use the filter tools so that you’re only looking at the profiles of guys that match your search criteria.
If you need a guy who’s 37, with a moustache, and who is obsessed with Celine Dion, then set your search criteria and see who measures up.
No matter how amazing you are, there’s no point sitting back and waiting for the world to discover you. Do something. Make a move. Take action.
One of the dating app features that we find particularly useful is that you can see who’s viewed your profile. This could be the start of something beautiful.
Even if they haven’t taken it any further, the fact that they’ve viewed your profile means that you’ve caught their eye – that’s a pretty good starting point. Check them out, see where they are, see what they’re into. If they tick your boxes, send them a cheeky wink and a message. Let them know that you’re online and on-the-ball.
Put your Gaydar to work and #TakeItOnline