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Reasons Not To Waste Your Valuable Time on So Called Free Dating Services

We all like free services. One such free service is Free Dating, which promises the advantages and benefits of online dating minus the cost and commitment you’d invest in online dating websites. However, when it comes to dating, are free dating services worth your time?

One wonders if free dating offers you full access within the sites. Though free dating allows you some free services, what services are available to only paying or premium members?

I visited several popular free dating sites and created profiles on them. I will keep the sites names to myself however, my experience with regard to access to services has been the same never mind which site I was in.

Creating a new account was fairly simple and did not take more than a few minutes. However, as is the case with businesses that promote a free service, it was easy to get in. Once in, what took me time and effort was navigating through the site and unfreezing the different pages and features of the service.

One reason for this is that you need to answer many questions, click Submit and then answer more questions in the next page. Why do they do this To ensure that you see the advertisements on each page you navigate. The more Ads you see the more the chances that you might be interested in one of them and the site makes money off you.

The free dating service is just a carrot to entice you to visit their site and sign up for the service. Once in, they put out all efforts to inundate you with advertisements. The whole experience can be truly irritating.

Your first time access might be because you will have to unlock content as you go along. Each time you have to give a little to gain a little – answering questions, creating your profile, uploading your picture, or providing your rating to peoples profiles. This gets you though many pages and advertisements. Apart from this, if you find someone you like and want to contact them, the sites will try to extract their three pounds of flesh. You might have to look at more advertisements, or upgrade your account, which means paying up.

Jumping through all the hoops and hurdles just to contact and meet someone makes you pay, if not in terms of money, then in terms of your time.

These sites don’t provide free full access. Free full access is a myth. You have to pay up to actually contact someone. Even though you can browse peoples profiles for free and see what the site is all about, its definitely not worth it if you have to go through pages and pages, answering questions while all that’s happening is, you’re just being enticed to pay up.

By: Lizzy B

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Safety Tips for Free Internet Dating Service

Free Internet dating service is on the rise today. They are very popular and are considered to be the most convenient way to meet a lot of potential mates in a short time. However, despite its advantages, free dating services have good chances to be misused by some people. Thus, you need to be very careful when dating someone you hardly know. Here are some safety tips to help you avoid disastrous results with online dating:

Take it slow and steady

After you sign up with a free Internet dating service, you will be amazed of the pool of people out there waiting for you to meet. You may have an impression that it is very easy to find someone to date. However, do not rush and meet someone whom you think has the perfect profile. Instead, start slow, send a message to the person and get to know them. In free Internet dating service, it is only through email and constant communication that you can determine inconsistencies and odd behavior.

Do not date everyone

If you are a new member with a great profile and photos uploaded, expect to get an overwhelming flow of initial attention. Do not make the mistake of dating each of them or you will end up not knowing anyone interesting. Instead, sort through them and pick out two or three that truly matches your interest. Remember that as in real life; you have a right to choose whom you go out with.

Know what you want

It is important that you know what you want in a potential partner. Think about your non-negotiables: pets, children, smoking, and so on. If there are major issues you have against, do not waste your time in going out with someone who you think isn’t perfect for you. In the same way, you also need to be clear about the kind of relationship you are looking for. Remember that people use free Internet dating service for a wide variety of reasons. If you are seeking for a long-term relationship, an intimate encounter, or a casual date, find one who is seeking the same thing.

Guard your personal information

It is best that you do not reveal as much information during the online dating process. Never reveal personal details such as phone numbers, home address, work place, or other information which are identifiable. Take the time first to become at ease and comfortable with a person before revealing anything personal. You need to check whether you are talking to someone trustworthy enough.

Use your common sense

As soon as you sign up with a free Internet dating service, you should prepare to use your common sense and your instincts. If you feel that certain discomfort towards a person, or if you think that the other person is lying, then he or she just can’t be trusted. You can try to ask many questions and see whether their answers fit. Trust is something that takes time to build more especially with free Internet dating service. So, take your time and never trust others unless they prove themselves worthy of it.

By: Alan Lim

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Dating Tips – Online and Offline

With the internet gaining more popularity and here to stay, more and more people are turning to the net for basically everything – and getting a date and possible future partner is no exception. Making the internet as a start for finding a date clearly has advantages – people get to know each other first to make the first face to face meeting less awkward, and what each person wants is made clear from the start, before the actual meeting itself. Online dating is also more practical money-wise, because one need not spend on a date in trying to find out about each other, as well as less time-consuming. But online dating is a whole jungle of people, so in getting started with going into online dating, here are some points to remember:

Know who you are and what you want – People turn to online dating for various reasons, so being clear with what you want will funnel your online search to eliminate disappointments to a significant degree. Risk factor is low with being clear with your purpose and your interest.

Honesty/sincerity pays - in online dating, while there is a natural tendency to put our best foot forward, it is best to be honest and not paint anything other than the real picture to avoid disappointments on both parties as well as waste of time. Being honest about you will better determine whether you are compatible with the prospective date or not.

Approach unfamiliar territory with caution - All types of people access the internet, there is no screening the kind of people you will meet, so it helps to be careful and not be gullible with everything you hear or see. Neither should you divulge too much personal information.

When trying to know a person, check for the consistency of what he or she says, being careful not to believe everything told. When there are inconsistencies, it is a red flag and a warning sign. This is probably a sign to keep a distance until the veracity of these facts is determined.

Take it slow, take time to build - it has been a proven common thread for couples who started online dating that, the more they take time to build the friendship and know each other, the more successful the blossoming relationship will be in the long term.

The First Date

So now you have taken some time to build this relationship, now what? The first date is as critical as a first impression – it will be the make or break and will determine the fate of what you have built. To increase the chances of a successful first date, these are some useful dating tips to keep in mind:

Dating Tip#1: Safety First
You can never be too sure on the first date. It is always best to meet in a public place, though quiet enough to be conducive to a pleasant conversation. Have your own transport if possible or in a place where it is accessible to public transportation so that you can have a quick exit if things do not go well. Inform a close friend beforehand of this first date, such as information about this person you are meeting, contact details, where you will be meeting.

Dating Tip#2: Creating a Good Physical Impression
Dressing, grooming and preparing for that first date-Rather than being dressed to kill, loud or flashy, or attracting the wrong kind of attention (remember this is a first date and it is best to play safe), dress on something you are comfortable in, with emphasis more on good grooming – making sure everything is neat about you from hair down to your toes and smelling fresh, nothing heavy and strong but a light musk scent for men and something light and dainty for the women. Rule of thumb – never try anything new on any major event such as dating – no new scent (you don’t know how your body chemistry will react with the new scent), make-up or cosmetics (to rule out possible allergic reactions), no new clothes nor shoes (lest they might be ill-fitting and your discomfort shows thru), no drastic hairstyle change.

Dating Tip#3: The Charm of an Interesting Company
Having known a good deal about each other prior to this first date because of chatting online for some time should give you considerable leeway to comfortably talk about each other’s lives, interests, being careful not to venture into negative aspects though – keep the conversation in a positive happy note. A good conversation does not necessarily mean you have to talk all the time, but equally being a good listener. Learn to balance the conversation between you and him/her. People love to talk about themselves so you can get the person to talk and make him/her feel comfortable by asking about things you previously have an idea about in him/her – interests, family, work. Be considerate and thoughtful, compliment as appropriate, listen with your eyes and heart, this shows that you are naturally interested in what the other is saying – listening is a very endearing and charming trait, as well as remembering things about the person.

Humor always is a positive thing, as long as it is natural and not forced – remember your chats prior to this first date and recall the things you laughed about.

If towards the end of the date you had a nice time, let the person know, and if you feel the other person feels the same, you can lightly mention about the succeeding date come picking-up-the-tab time (usually it’s the male role the first time at least) and a good segue for succeeding dates is by you lightly mentioning like “okay the next one is on me,” so that you will be less uncomfy about who picks the tab.

These are merely dating tips and will not guarantee dating success 100%, but should it not go as well as you hoped, never be disheartened in your pursuit of the right partner for you.

By: hazel herber

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