Avoid pitfalls online dating

By Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph D Thinking of giving online dating a try?It certainly increases your chances of finding a partner – 30% of heterosexual couples and 61% of homosexual couples have met online.But if that’s really the case, it won't be because of their fake flattery and hyperbole.In simple terms, when they start saying, “Since you came into my life baby, I have looked forward to each sunshine” - as the fake ‘James Richards’ did - you should think again.

Many people discredit online dating as a viable way to meet your significant other, but you can make it work for yourself.

When people do this, they often face two problems: being overly picky and being self-critical.

When you start seeing just how many people are out there looking, you might develop a tendency to become particularly picky.

My friends tell stories of guys who ended up already having girlfriends, and - the most common - those who promise relationships, but leave after just one night.

1) He calls you ‘baby’ If you meet someone online and within a few messages they’re telling you how much you mean to them, and how they love you to bits: stay away.

We ask relationship counsellor, Denise Knowles, to outline the rules of online dating and the major pitfalls to avoid.

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