There are a lot of websites that offers online dating services. The popularity of matchmaking through the Internet has skyrocketed so much that previously unrelated websites have set up their own personals or social networking sections, which offers online dating services subtly masked under the guise of interaction between loyal visitors of the same website, but nobody is fooling anyone here. It used to be that online dating was balked at and treated poorly since they were assumed to be exclusive to geeks, nerds, and socially inept individuals who can't find a date offline. But lately, since even legitimate sites devoted to socially adept individuals contain at least one section which offers online dating services, the online dating scene has gained more credibility and is starting to attract more people who would not entertain the idea of dating someone online, under normal circumstances. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to enjoy your online dating experience: Rate my photo Try to keep lower expectations. A large number of people who go to a website that offers online dating services fail to find compatible dates or lasting relationships. A large number of these cases are the result of unrealistic expectations. This can be partly blamed on the anonymity of the Internet, which means people tend to be more creative when imagining the person behind the personal ad, resulting in mental images that can be impossible to live up to. Don't be prompt in your response. Dating experts advise a wait period of 24 to 48 hours before answering messages or queries. Their reasoning is that responding too quickly will make you seem desperate as well as prevent your from taking your time in composing an appropriate response. It is also stated that people who answer messages too quickly give off the impression of a socially inept individual who has nothing better to do than sit in front of the computer all day. Maintain a light and friendly tone. Do not unload your entire emotional baggage or life history on a potential date, since this could either bore or scare her away. You don't need to be shallow or unresponsive, but you do need to maintain poise and composure in your messages. Along with this, don't reveal sensitive and personally identifiable information at the outset, for obvious safety purposes. Don't prolong the online dating process. If you have settled on a comfortable rhythm and feel like you trust each other enough, it is time to meet in person or to move on. Do not entertain cyber or online relationships, as they never let you mature and take things seriously. Of course, exercise caution when meeting. Meet in public places and bring a friend along at the first date. If your date is polite and trustworthy, he wouldn't mind. Last but not the least, don't embellish your personal ads with half-truths and exaggerations, and - I can't stress this enough - don't ever use other people's photos. Dating is all about earning each other's trust, and you shouldn't be dating if the first thing you're going to offer contain nothing but lies and embellishments.