Why You Should Throw Out These Online Dating Rules You’ve Been Taught

Some dating rules are simply meant for breaking.

There are a million and one “rules” about online dating, but not all of them are worth following.

It’s 2019 - there’s no longer a need to act like a different version of yourself on your dating profile in order to attract guys. With dating sites like Match and Zoosk connecting compatible people based on their personalities, interests and even activity on the site, you won’t have to have to anymore.

Sure, there are plenty of dating tips you should keep in mind. But for every good one, there are enough bad ones. Here are a few to toss:

1. Adapt your profile to make it more appealing to men
Hate golf but think guys will like it if they think you do? Think again. Don’t want people to think you’re *basic* for liking yoga? Screw that.

Luckily, with behavior-learning matchmaking, Zoosk helps get around this problem by matching singles who actually should be matched based on what they like and what they’re looking for.

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2. Be “open-minded” (AKA throw out your dealbreakers)

By all means, keep ‘em. Don’t want to date a smoker? Say so. Vegetarian? Then maybe the guy posing with the dead deer in his profile won’t be your perfect man.

If you’re looking for a match that has the potential to last, EliteSingles is one of the best sites to try. They pair up couples based on a thorough personality test, so compatibility is the name of the game with them.

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3. Avoid the tough topics

Bring them ON. Politics, religion, life experiences: in 2019, it’s all on the table. It’s more important to be upfront with someone first than to have them drop a bomb on you later.

By choosing a dating site that asks its members plenty of questions during the signup process, like Match does, you can find someone who closely aligns with your views, avoiding some potentially awkward conversations.

View Profiles on Match

If you’re ready to test out the waters - and these 21st-century dating tips - head to one (or two!) of these sites and give it a whirl.

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