Meeting Your Match Online: The Complete Guide to Internet Dating and Dating Service--Including True Life Date Stories by Tamsen Butler | 9781601381521 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Meeting Your Match Online: The Complete Guide to Internet Dating and Dating Service--Including True Life Date Stories

Meeting Your Match Online: The Complete Guide to Internet Dating and Dating Service--Including True Life Date Stories

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by Tamsen Butler
     
 

ISBN-10: 1601381522

ISBN-13: 9781601381521

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc

Recent studies show that more than 20 million people will visit at least one online dating service a month. Internet dating has several advantages, among them the ability to discover everything about a potential partner before ever meeting them. You can learn their age, religious affiliations, education, expectations, interests, hobbies, and so on.

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Overview

Recent studies show that more than 20 million people will visit at least one online dating service a month. Internet dating has several advantages, among them the ability to discover everything about a potential partner before ever meeting them. You can learn their age, religious affiliations, education, expectations, interests, hobbies, and so on.

Internet dating allows you to chat online and get to know someone before meeting them. There is also the ability to meet people on a varied schedule; you do not have to meet them face-to-face right away. Other advantages include protection of your personal identity, the exchange of photos, the ability to be yourself, less cost, and the ability to search by sexual or ethnic preference, all of which will increase the chances of finding that special someone.

Aside from the many advantages, online dating has disadvantages as well. For example, you could be starting an online relationship with someone who, in actuality, does not look like they do in their photos or their personality is not as they described, it might have to be a long distance relationship, or they have a hidden criminal agenda. This is why you need the assistance of this groundbreaking new book that covers it all, allowing you to find the right partner and make your online dates safe and secure.

The book features many available online dating services, such as PerfectMatch, which employs a scientific method to locate matches. eHarmony has a compatibility system that only pairs you with compatible singles. Yahoo Personals helps you choose from thousands of members to find singles in your area. True.com is likely the only dating site that checks new members for criminal activity and marriage history. Match.com guarantees you will meet someone special within six months or they will extend your membership by six months at no cost to you. Also detailed are AmericanSingles.com, FriendFinder.com, Metrodate.com, Lavalife.com, Date.com, JDate.com, Great Expectations at GE-Dating.com and Chemistry.com.

Also included are true stories from couples and singles who have been through the online dating process and have found it either worked or didn't work for them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601381521
Publisher:
Atlantic Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Case study: Melissa's Story 15

Chapter 1 Who and Why? 17

Location, Location, Location 23

Case study: Mike's Story 24

Real or Fake? 25

Nothing to Lose 26

Dealing with Backlash 26

Chapter 2 Which Site is Right for You? 29

Be Selective 33

Getting Started with Any Site 35

Case study: Monique's Story 37

Familiarizing Yourself 38

Case study: Susan's Story 42

Internet Technology 43

System Requirements 43

Internet Connection 44

Your Computer 45

A Snail's Pace 46

Case study: Luke and Michelle's Story 47

Chapter 3 What Sites Are Out There? 49

Site Reviews 49

Perfectmatch.com® 49

eHarmony.com® 52

True.com® 55

AmericanSingIes.com® 57

JDate®.com 59

Match.com 61

Chemistry.com® 62

LavaLife®.com 65

But Wait There's More 67

Case study: Pamela's Story 68

Yahoo!TM Personals and Yahoo! Personals Premier 68

FriendFinder® 70

Metrodate.com® 71

Date.com® 72

Great Expectations 74

Chapter 4 Personal Experiences with Online Dating 77

A Woman's Experience 78

Introduction 78

The Signing Up Process 81

Money Talks 84

Profile Photos 85

The Matches - Flame or Fizzle? 87

Searching High and Low 91

How is Compatibility Defined? 92

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 93

Does eHarmony Work? 94

Does Perfectmatch Work? 96

Does Match.com Work? 98

And the Winner is 99

A Man's Experience 102

eHarmony.com 103

Match.com 110

Perfectmatch.com 115

How I Fared 118

Suzie Q 120

Bonnie B 121

Chapter 5 Social Networking Sites 125

MySpace 126

Getting Started with MySpace 127

Facebook 129

Getting Started with Facebook 129

Other SocialNetworking Sites 131

A Quick Glance 133

Compatibility Sites 133

Database Free-for- Alls 134

Dating Sites for Same-Sex Relationships 134

A Sampling of Sites 135

Case study: Nancy's Story 138

Chapter 6 Crafting the Perfect Profile 139

Expert Advice: Nicole Settle of Cole Settle Photography l42

Show Your Personality 142

Getting a Great Profile Photo 142

Keep it Real 143

Case study: John's Story 144

Expert Advice: Todd C Darnold, PhD 145

Recruiting Models 145

Accentuate the Positive 145

Looking for a Good Fit 146

Revealing Your Negatives 147

Expert Advice: Lori Gorshow, MSW "The Dating Coach" of Dating Made Simple 147

Appeal to Your Target Audience 147

Rules for Crafting Your Profile 148

Using Specific Dating Sites for Specific Types 148

The Importance of Photos 149

Writing for our Target Audience 150

Taglines 150

Paying Someone to Write Your Profile 151

Being Safe When Creating Your Profile 151

Contacting Other Members 152

Sample First Contact 153

Sample Second Contact 153

Chapter 7 Creating Your Own "Rules" 155

Composing Your List 155

Reading Profiles 160

Make Sure the Person Qualifies 161

Make Yourself More Attractive 162

The Icky Factor 163

Know Who You're Talking To 164

Case study: Carol's Story 167

Chapter 8 Getting Your Feet Wet 169

Rule One: Always Be Honest 170

Answering Questions 172

Responding to Sensitive Questions 173

Rule Two: Take Your Time and Do Not Rush 176

Contacting Other People 178

Meeting People 180

Rule Three: Do Not Take Everything to Heart 182

Responses 183

Compatibility 185

Rejected 188

Case study: Jennifer's Story 190

Overcoming Fear 191

When You Are the One Doing the Rejecting 193

Initiating Contact 196

Beyond Messages 200

Phone Calls 205

Meeting in Person 206

Prepare for the Date 207

Relax! 209

Go Public 211

The Best Locations 212

Reflect on the Date 215

Reconnecting 217

Case study: Melanie's Story 219

Ten Dating Tips for Women 221

Ten Dating Tips for Men 222

Ten Dating Tips for Everyone 224

Case study: Michael and Rachel's Story 226

Chapter 9 Cautions 229

Little White Lies 230

The Clues 231

The Model's Photo 231

The Sob Story 232

Dangerous Liaisons 234

The Players and the Users 236

Slow Down 238

Just Plain Mean 239

Your Public Profile 242

Case study: June's Story 245

Chapter 10 You Change, Your Needs Change 247

Periodically Review Your Needs 248

Correspondence 249

Case study: Marjorie's Story 251

Your Needs 252

Changing Sites 254

A Little Help From Your Friends 256

Case study: Meg's Story 257

Chapter 11 Your Happy Ending 259

Long Distance Relationships 260

"I Love You" 262

Case study: Seth and Trudy's Story 265

Conclusion 267

Appendix 269

Bibliography 277

Author Biography 279

Index 281

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