“When I first told my parents that I was dating someone much older they were skeptical -- but once we hit the one-year mark they finally understood that it wasn’t a phase, and wanted to meet him, which was weird, but I think that the way my boyfriend handled it was great.
"He acknowledged the elephant in the room by cracking a joke with my dad about a sports championship they were both alive for that I was obviously not, and from there the meeting went much more smoothly.
See it all as experience, not as proof that you’re a loser (or that everyone else is a loser).
It’s very unusual for someone to find a good match in their first few attempts.A picture-less ad says: “I am so ugly I didn’t want to risk a photo,” “I am married,” or “I am on the run from Broadmoor.” Everyone who likes your main photo will want to see more. Whether you’re a man or a woman, a photo with your shirt off makes you look desperate and/or only interested in sex. This is a cruel fact of life for online dating beginners, especially men. Likewise, you won’t “keep them keen” by making them wait days for a reply. Don’t allow an email conversation to drag on for weeks without a date.Not because they can’t get enough of you, but because a single photo is not a reliable indicator of what you look like. Use photos and emails for spotting potential, but don’t start fancying the pants off a two-dimensional image. More men than women advertise on most dating sites, so the girls get the pick of the bunch. Read the profiles that get most views, and pick up tips from them. You may think you’re “connecting”, but you can’t judge chemistry unless you meet up.We like going out and doing things, so you better be ready to get that ass moving! So basically, if you don't like going out and getting drunk at the club or hitting some wack-ass music festival, maybe don't date a 20-something. Remember that she's not looking for a sugar daddy.“Not all of us are financially helpless.We're looking for a life partner, not a father figure," 35-year old Ahna says, echoing every other independent woman out there.9.