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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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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
But Wait There's More 67
Case study: Pamela's Story 68
Yahoo!TM Personals and Yahoo! Personals Premier 68
Great Expectations 74
Chapter 4 Personal Experiences with Online Dating 77
A Woman's Experience 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
How I Fared 118
Suzie Q 120
Bonnie B 121
Chapter 5 Social Networking Sites 125
Getting Started with MySpace 127
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
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
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
Go Public 211
The Best Locations 212
Reflect on the Date 215
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
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
Author Biography 279
Posted August 24, 2012
True, there are a lot of fake profiles on dating websites. But Meeting Your Match Online advocates that when you run across a profile that sounds too good to be true, don’t turn and run. Heartbreak hurts, but so too does loneliness. From the first chapter, Meeting Your Match Online recognizes that your internet dream man/woman might actually be an internet fantasy, but that doesn’t mean you should give up.
This book is the user’s guide for anyone new to online dating. Pick the site that’s right for you, and believe me there are a slew of sites out there. Meeting Your Match Online lists sites for parents, for artists, for Christians, and the elderly. Some cost, others don’t, but one thing’s sure, in a market as flush with options as this one, you’ll find the dating site that’s right for you. The book also recommends that you be picking, and I mean really picky. Don’t settle because you’ve got a bite online. Be discerning and craft a profile that represents you well, while “keeping it real.” The guide includes some sample questions you might try answering about yourself before looking online for dates, including “Are there physical attributes that you will not accept, such as over or underweight?”
Posted August 8, 2012
“Meeting Your Match Online” is the perfect book for those nonbelievers of Internet dating. I got this book for my Uncle who recently lost his wife. He was very skeptical about signing up for one of those dating sites until he read this book. “Meeting Your Match Online” includes real life stories about couples that have met online. After reading them you can’t help but turn into a believer. It has more than just stores though; it has step-by-step instructions on how to go about Internet dating the right way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2012
Meeting Your Match Online is a great starting place if you’re considering entering the online dating pool. It takes you through the process of setting up your profile step-by-step and outlines the good and bad side of various dating sites and social media venues. The case studies scattered throughout the book are a nice touch. The book also addresses the fears that some might have regarding online dating sites and delves into niche dating sites which some people aren’t aware of. Overall a good guide for anyone considering the world of online dating.
I had previously tried online dating with no success, but I may reconsider after reading this book; it has given me hope and showed me what I was doing wrong.
Posted June 28, 2011
Meeting Your Match Online: The Complete Guide to Internet Dating and Dating Services Including True Life Date Stories is an interesting take on the internet dating scene, that claims that 22 million people have visited a dating site in a month in 2008. That's a lot of people, which explains why there are so many dating sites on the web. It seems that people are tried of the bar scene and would rather use the net to find a mate by narrowing down their age, religious affiliations, education, expectations, interests and hobbies before you ever meet them for coffee or whatever. But these dating sites have their disadvantages as well, like their personality is not as described, they don't match their photo, or they have lied about their history.
Being single, I was interested in reviewing this book. There are dozens of real-life stories from people have successfully used dating sites and they give great tips on what to do and not to do in your profile. The book covers popular paid sites like eHarmony, PerfectMatch,com, Yahoo! Personals, and many others, even some you have never heard of. I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to anyone who has or is interested in online dating sites.
Posted February 8, 2010
Internet dating can be scary, especially if you don't know anything about it. This book guides readers through the basics, and is full of true stories from couples who have successfully navigated the online dating world. The author gives great technical advice about the type of computer equipment you will need and the importance of having current virus protection programs. Tamsen also includes detailed information about the most popular dating sites, including social networking sites, and how to choose the best site for your needs. You are given the tools you need to weigh the pros and cons of each site and make an informed choice about which one to use. The author even uses personal experiences as learning examples with many of the sites.
Once you find someone to correspond with, the author gives wonderful advice about the importance of honesty and how to answer questions, including how to respond to personal questions. The author even includes a list of popularly used instant messaging acronyms you may see and explains what they mean. Tamsen wisely advises readers not to rush to meet someone, but to take the time to correspond with someone for a period of time first until you feel comfortable meeting in person. When you're ready to meet, Tamsen gives great ideas about ideal places for your meeting. This is a really thorough guide to internet dating that explains everything you need to know to find the perfect mate.
Posted February 4, 2010
A great book to check out before registering for any of those dating
sites! Butler's voice is natural and without being overly optimistic.
Sometimes things just don't work out, but she encourages you to
continue your search through other avenues.
Also includes some real humorous (and heartbreaking) stories from
people who've gone through the gauntlet. Most important, she gives you
a good idea for which site is right for you (because believe it or
not, they each are strikingly different - even on the basis of
"compatibility" and its part in your search). I'm still a bit
skeptical about dating online, but at least I feel I have some more
knowledge before taking the plunge. Definitely one I'll recommend to
Posted January 19, 2010
In what may be the single, longest title in the history of books, Tamsen Butler evocatively sets forth on a journey of the online dating world and how to not only manage it, but effectively conquer it, and she presents it in a language that will be accessible for even the most uncertain of readers.
Being happily involved with my own match, I read this initially to assist a friend who, having tired of trying to meet people locally (and being of a certain age), decided to cast her lot with online dating. This evoked a lot of red flags in me, and thus began my quest. There are a lot of dating sites out there, and even more unsavory characters. I did not want a 3 AM tragedy call.
Butler is simultaneously cautionary as well as savvy and lays forth enough good, common sense information that I nearly demanded that my friend read this before deciding. She includes some of the better known sites, and throws a few lesser known ones in for good measure, and also reviews each site providing straightforward information on the qualification process including tips on taking the questionnaires. As well, she notes things that you might and might not like about each site.
Additional information presented includes several case studies of individuals who have met through online services which seem sincere enough, even if predictably outcome aligned. Overall, I felt this book was a fantastic guide for my dear friend, who appreciated it immensely and plans to put several of its strategies into play herself. If you (or a friend) are just entering into the world of online matchmaking, likely you will find this book to be an indispensible tool in your dating arsenal.