Offline or online, dating is flat out hard, but remember you’re still a worthy mate for someone out there.

You just need to have the patience to find that person, wherever they are.10.

For those who put some real thought into their profiles, there’s some really valuable information there.7.

Don’t be afraid to make the first move: Do “traditional” dating rules apply in online dating (i.e. Truthfully, I don’t think traditional dating rules should apply in offline dating. Write a quality first message: We all know competition is fierce in the online dating world, so why waste time writing non-memorable introductory messages?

Be patient: People have different commitments in their lives, and online dating isn’t always at the very top. Most of these women are seeking long-term relationships, so this type of behavior often causes them to isolate their interactions to only the men they are interested in.

It’s not fair to you, but that’s the reality you’re facing.

Many people turn to online dating because they simply don’t have the time to date in the traditional sense (i.e.

going on date after date after date to find “the one”).

That means they also don’t have time to answer every single message they receive in their inbox.

Other people like to use online dating as a buffer that allows them to pick and choose who they interact with, and that’s not always going to be you. Bottom line: It’s natural to become discouraged every once in awhile, but don’t let it get you down for too long.

It’s just like posting an inaccurate photo of yourself; sooner or later people are going to realize that’s not the real you, throwing your chances of a long-term relationship out the window.4.

Don’t write a novel: Just as you don’t want to have too sparse of a profile, you also don’t want your profile to be a novel.

I liked messages that were personal but not creepy personal, like the messages in which men would describe in gross detail how we’d live our lives together based on what they read in my profile.