I thought this was a great question! I didn’t meet my husband this way, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but from what I’ve heard from other women is that yes, it really really works for y’all. Online dating is MUCH (like 100 times harder) for men actually.
But for you younger or older women out there, yea it seems like it tends to work out.
A curious thing, too, is that online dating can be so easy for women that it can work for y’all even without having a picture of yourself up.
A woman I used to work for has a daughter who I’m friends with, who has been a working model since her mid-teens, and is getting married to her fiance in a few months, whom she found online ❤ 😀 !!! She is naturally shy and modeling actually exacerbated her social anxiety – something that happens a lot to models who start in their teen years. Meeting men that were marriage material was extremely hard for her in real life and she is from a very rural area with practically zero prospects. Zero men + a social anxiety disorder = difficult dating to say the least.
The thing that sealed the deal for her using online dating? She fell in love with him solely through conversation – them talking back and forth online. She harps on that fact and believes it was a special “gift” – that it’s so special to her to have fallen in love with someone without ever even knowing what they looked like! To fall in love with their mind first, before ever even seeing them – is how she described it. Talk about uber-romantic lol.
To hear him tell the story of when they finally met up in person, it’s SO cute… he never knew how beautiful she was, because he’d never seen her! He said he was afraid when he saw her, and terrified she wouldn’t be attracted to him. He’s not a male-model type at all, it was totally his personality that made her fall head over heels for him, so I kind of understand his fear. The sad thing about this is that if she had included her picture, he probably would have never even tried to talk to her 😦 .
She’s since ditched the modeling (a good thing in my opinion) and is going to focus on being a wife to him after she graduates soon. Just really really sweet and so awesome I got to see this thing play out.
Tips for women using online dating:
- I don’t know how this sweet girl pulled this off… she’s very picky, so I’m not sure what she really vetted for when searching for men online, other than like-interests and then of course, the conversation. So possibly searching for things that are important to you… religion, politics, sports, or hobbies… think things you and your future husband could reliably do together and actually enjoy doing together
- Even though she didn’t use a picture, I tend to think that’s usually an important part of online dating in order to make sure men contacting you are truly attracted to you. This wasn’t a factor for her, so she selected her physical beauty out of the equation because she knew she’d be able to vet for character better that way. She did this purposefully also so that regular men weren’t too intimidated by her to even attempt to approach. So… it’s up to each girl to decide how she wants to do this obviously, but probably most girls should go ahead and use a reliable photo of what they really look like. If you do something weird to your photo or use an old one that doesn’t represent what you look like *now*, the man is going to know when he meets up with you, and there’s probably a 99% chance he’s not going to call you back because he’ll feel like you tricked him. Because you DID. Don’t do it!
- Vet hard for character. Character is the most important thing about a man.
- Meet at a safe public place where lots of people are around and don’t go off alone with any man until after more than a few dates. This “comfort level” will vary greatly depending on each woman and the man she’s seeing, but just be aware enough and don’t suppress your gut-level feelings. If you have a “bad feeling” about a man (like he’s lying to you or unsafe in some way at a gut-level), best to pay attention to it and not see him again. You may be right.
- Carry a weapon, whether it’s a baton that fits neatly in your purse (I love my baton my brother bought me last Christmas!) or even if it’s just a pepper spray. Something to kind of help you be able to up your chances of running away would be good. Mentally go through a scenario where you’d have to find a way to escape. You’ll probably never have to use your mental preparation in real life, but it’s good to be prepared nonetheless.
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