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How to Meet the Right People Online

By HealthLife Contributor
Updated: August 23, 2008
If you are single, it can seem like the most difficult thing in the world to meet someone and get a good connection with them. Part of living a life that is emotionally as well as physically healthy is human contact, and there are plenty of circumstances where you might be at a loss to figure out how to make this happen. The internet is one place where people are always making new connections, but how can you mine this resource for all its worth?

The first thing you can do, before you get on any dating sites or community sites, is clean up your language! This doesn't just mean in terms of profanity (though that won't hurt!) but it also refers to good grammar, capitalization and spelling. Though webcams and vocal chat programs like Skype have revolutionized the way that we can talk and communicate online, remember that the majority of the communication you will be doing, especially at first, will have a great deal to do with your text and typing. Think of it as putting your best foot forward.
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To meet the right person online, be honest. There is an element of anonymity online that can work towards this prospect quite nicely. You'll find that it's easy to be upfront with someone when the only thing connecting you is a chat window. While you can leave the big, heavy issues until later, a general amount of honesty and openness can help you really connect in a way that would be a little intimidating while you were offline.

Remember that geographic location does not mean that he or she is compatible with you! While it is always nice to be able to visit in real life, remember that there should be more connecting you than just a shared city. Look for similar or compatible interests, and don't assume that just because you have one interest in common that everything else will fall into place.

Think about what your expectations are. Are you looking for a friend, a life partner, or are you completely open to whatever sort of relationship the internet can bring to your door? While the last option can be exciting and take you in directions you never thought you'd go, having a goal and a few specification in mind can save you a lot of time and heartbreak. If there is something you simply cannot stand, be upfront about it, whether it is a political view or a band.

The internet is a legitimate place to meet people, but the population is literally enormous. To give yourself a better change, pare it down a little and find a community that might work for you. is one great general community where newcomers can get started very easily, so take a look and see what we can do for you!
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