Online Dating Stories - How to Become a Success Statistic

If trying to find Mr. or Mrs. Right in today's world wasn't hard enough, then online dating certainly made it nearly impossible! Although technology may have brought the human race farther than it has ever been before, it seems as though online dating has sent the likelihood of finding "the one" spiraling backwards. If you browse the internet, it's easy to find a copious number of online dating stories to make one laugh, cry, or even shudder. Which makes us wonder: is there a knack to becoming part of the successful statistics of online daters?

Online Dating - The Pros and Cons

Online dating, on the positive side, opened up the possibility of searching the world for your soul mate without having to leave your home. On the negative side, it gave us an endless array of possibilities for ending up with a freak, fraud or weirdo. For instance, take some of the online dating stories that ended in tragedy because people thought they were meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right, only to find their match was a criminal, married, or not even of the nominated gender! To help prevent this from happening, there are a few simple hints to keep in mind when searching the net.

Basic Do's and Don'ts

The first rule of thumb with online dating is to be cautious, and use your gut instinct as often as you can. Many victims who live to tell the tale of a horrific online dating story always mention that somewhere along the line, something just didn't feel right. Many couldn't say exactly why - it just "felt" wrong.

Another point to keep in mind is to maintain a suspicious attitude of people that you meet. Many online dating stories seem obvious that the man or woman that the dater was emailing seemed too good to be true. If this is the case for you, then it probably is! Like the rest of the world, there are a number of fun and wonderful people out there to meet, but there are also a lot of strange and dangerous ones as well. The scariest part is that they can make you think that they are anyone they want - especially through the internet.

The most basic rule to online dating is to use common sense. Don't give out personal details such as phone numbers and addresses until you know the person well, and when meeting for the first time, always meet in a public place. That way, if you feel that your online dating story is falling into the "horror" file, you can make a hasty, anonymous escape.

Look On the Bright Side

The most important thing to keep in mind with online dating is to not take it too seriously. Some people believe that if you are meant to meet someone, then you will - one way or another. Try to think of online dating as a bit of fun and a way to meet some new and interesting people, rather than the be all and end all of your quest for "the one". And when you're done, why not write about your own online dating story on the internet so that you can share the joy, laughs or at worst, warning to others of your experience!