Should You Try Online Dating?

No longer seen as something desperate singles do, online dating has become a popular way to meet other people who are looking for dates or mates. It is now as normal as online shopping or buying vibrators to look for other singles through the Internet. In fact, I would bet that almost everybody could name someone who has either used a service or who has met his or her partner by online dating.

There are more than enough reasons to try online dating, but following is a list of the top 7 reasons.

1) You don’t have to waste time talking with people you would rather not have a conversation with. No more do you have to even talk with those annoying people who are just out for a pick up. With online dating you get to choose who it is you want to start up a conversation with before having to meet them. You are in charge of who and how you will contact.

2) One of the biggest benefits of shopping online is that you have a larger selection of products since the stores you can shop at are numerous. This is the same with online dating! You have more choices to give you a better chance at finding the right person.

3) You can actually take charge of your own destiny by using these types of services. Sitting at home, or worse hanging out in bars, hoping the perfect match will show up is probably going to find you old and alone. By signing up, you can meet so many interesting people and broaden your chances of spending old age with a mate.

4) One of the best reasons to try online dating has to be that you get to know something of the other person before you even meet face to face. You can’t read about or talk to that person whose approached you in a bar beforehand. But with online dating, you have the opportunity to talk, chat, and email or have phone conversations long before you meet if you choose.

5) Finding that perfect match is not confined by time constraints of work or other obligations. With the online services you can search from prospective matches 24 hours a day, no matter if it’s midnight or 5 am you can hunt down you next date or mate.

6) You can join sites that are specific to your needs to narrow your search. Some sites cater to single parents or people looking for high-income matches. Or maybe you are older and want to search only seniors’ sites, those are out there too!

7) You’ve got to be tired of your friends trying to fix you up. They mean well, but don’t have a clue as to what you really want. Plus, everyone in your current circle is not going to be a match or will even know of a match; so online dating is your best option.

Go ahead and give online dating a try! It’s a definite way to get a fresh start and if nothing else, you will meet some exciting new people along the way!

How to Choose Good Plenty of Fish Profile Pictures

If you’ve ever delved into the wonderful world of online dating then you are probably well aware that putting up good pictures on your dating profile is about eighty percent of the battle. This concept of having strong visual attraction on one’s profile is especially true for free dating sites like Plenty of Fish. The reasons for this is that with a greater number of users, which is the case for free versus paid dating sites, then the quicker the other users will scan through the vast sea of profiles, typically only stopping at the one’s with attractive profile pictures. It’s true what they say, first impressions make a big difference.

So what’s a person to do when faced with a multitude of Plenty of Fish profile picture choices? Here’s a few tips that will should help in whittling down your dating images.

  1. Be sure to have at least one clear head shot and one full body shot. There’s no reason to deceive people and having clear pictures that show your face in a good lighting and the profile of your body gives people the assurance of what you look like without having to be skeptical.
  2. Don’t use any pictures where you have been drinking alcohol or are clearly doing something while drunk. These pictures may be funny but you don’t want anyone to get the image that you are a booze bag who can’t control him or herself.
  3. Try to avoid the “cell phone in the mirror” picture.  This tends to come off as lazy and typically results in terribly unclear images of yourself, ones that will not do you any justice.  And by all means, if you are a guy, keep your shirt on.  Nothing makes a guy look more like a douche than flexing his biceps in his bathroom mirror.

As with any online dating profile on Plenty of Fish, the more time you take to get your best pictures up, the more success will have with the rest of your efforts.

25 Best and 25 Worst Chat Up Lines

With 14th February lurking around the corner, it’s time to brush up on those chat – up lines whether you’re a singleton, trying to impress your loved one again with your romantic side, or just to make someone laugh. It could be the start of something beautiful!

We’ve included some of the best, the worst and the inappropriate – though this is not to say that you should use them all, if you want to avoid a slap around the face. Do chat up lines work? It’s up to you to find out!

Warning: these do not have a 100% guaranteed success rate.

The Best Chat Up Lines

  1. Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
  2. I’ve lost my phone number, can I borrow yours?
  3. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together
  4. Have you got a plaster? Because I hurt my knee falling for you.
  5. I must be in heaven because I can see an angel
  6. You must be tired because you’ve been running through my mind all day
  7. You must be a brush, because you swept me off my feet
  8. Want a raisin? How about a date?
  9. Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got fine written all over you
  10. If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?
  11. Hi, I’m doing a survey …What’s your name? What’s your phone number? Are you free next Saturday?
  12. Is your name Gillette? Because you’re the best a man can get
  13. Was your father a thief? ‘Cause someone stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes
  14. You’re like a compass, without you I’m lost
  15. Do you have a map? Because I keep getting lost in your eyes
  16. There must be something wrong with my eyes, because I can’t take them off you
  17. How does it feel to be the most beautiful girl in this room?
  18. If kisses were snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard.
  19. I guess you can kiss Heaven goodbye, because it has got to be a sin to look that good.
  20. I hope you know CPR? Because you take my breath away
  21. Do you believe in love at first sight.. or do I have to walk by again?
  22. Apart from being beautiful, what do you do for a living?
  23. Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?
  24. Are you a thief because you stole my heart.
  25. Is there an airport close by; or is that just my heart taking off?

The Worst Chat Up Lines

  1. If you were a burger at McDonald’s, you’d be called McGorgeous!
  2. Well, here I am. What were your other two wishes?
  3. I was just curious? Are you as good as all the guys say you are?
  4. Nice dress! Can I talk you out of it?
  5. Is your second name Jacobs, because you’re a cracker
  6. Are you free tonight, or will it cost me?
  7. Your place or mine?
  8. Hi, my name is Pogo, want to jump on my stick?
  9. The word of the day is legs, let’s go to your house and spread the word.
  10. I ain’t this tall. I’m just sitting on my wallet.
  11. The human body has 206 bones. Would you like another one?
  12. You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only a light switch away.
  13. You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy.
  14. I may not be Fred Flintstone but I could make your Bedrock
  15. Get your coat. You’ve pulled.
  16. Stop, drop, and roll, baby. You are on fire.
  17. Are you a spot because I wanna squeeze you?
  18. The names Bond – Uni Bond, and I’m here to fill your cracks
  19. My love for you is like diarrhea, I just can’t hold it in
  20. Did you just fart? Because you blew me away
  21. I’ve had quite a bit to drink, and you’re beginning to look pretty good.
  22. Is your name L’oreal, cause you’re worth it
  23. Are those space pants? Cos your ass is out of this world!
  24. You know what would look good on you? Me!
  25. Is it hot in here or is it you?

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How to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

January is coming to an end and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. You might think it is too early to start buying gifts or reserving seats at a local restaurant but really, it’s not.

Whether you are the type of couple who enjoys relaxing in hot tubs, hiking up mountains or curling up and watching movies, how you spend Valentine’s Day is the most important part of the holiday (not the gift).

Don’t have anything planned for this year, yet? Here are a few suggestions from women in five different types of relationships:

The Professional Couple
Chelsea & Greg: Portland, Maine

Chelsea has been dating Greg for a year. She enjoys spending time with him, but admits that their busy schedules keep them apart more than she like. As a result, all she wants to do on Valentine’s Day is find the time to be with him.

“Greg has to work until 11:30 at night on Valentine’s Day, so I’m hoping to go to breakfast the day of,” she says. “I’m all about the fact that the thought counts, so if he made me dinner that would be perfect too!”

A College Romance
Ally & Sean: Manchester, New Hampshire

Ally met Sean in college and finds their relationship to be relaxed and “mushiness-free,” even on the most romantic day of the year.

“Since Valentine’s Day is on a Monday and we both have class, I don’t mind if we do something the weekend before or after,” Ally says. “I like to keep it simple on Valentine’s Day. A card and Reese’s Pieces would be ideal. I am hoping it’s going to be a dinner.”

The Old-Timers
George & Shelly: Denver, Colorado

George and Shelly have been married for thirty-six years. At this point in their relationship, it’s hard to come up with new gifts to buy and new places to go out for dinner.

“I don’t think there is anything George can surprise me with,” Shelly says. “I really just feel so lucky to have him around me that if we were just to light some candles and jump in our small hot tub I would be happy with that,” she laughs.

The Long-Distance Relationship
Melanie & Joey: New York City, New York

Sometimes the phone just isn’t good enough. No matter how cheap or well-equipped your telephone system is, saying “I love you” should be done in person. That is how Melanie feels, who has been dating her boyfriend Joey for five years. This year, the couple is forced to spend Valentine’s Day apart.

“I’m studying abroad in London this semester, and he is still at school in New York,” Melanie explains. “I’m hoping that he is going to surprise me and just show up on Valentine’s Day, but I understand that is a lot to ask.”

Are you in a similar situation? Well, cancel the Skype date and don’t ship your gift via Fed Ex. Instead, book the next flight, train or bus to visit your sweetheart.

Adventurous Couple
Lindsay & Matthew: Washington DC

World traveler and dedicated hiker, Lindsay spends every Valentine’s Day with her fiancé – exploring a different part of the world. This year, however, Lindsay did not schedule a trip and is curious as to what Matthew has planned.

“Valentine’s Day this year was too close to my best friend’s wedding, so we didn’t want to travel back-to-back weekends,” Lindsay explains. “I’m really hoping we follow through with our tradition and maybe hike in Shenandoah National Park nearby. Exploring new things together is really the best way to keep the ‘spark’ going,” Lindsay adds.

According to these women, spending the day together is the most important part to get right, not the gift. So there is no need to panic over what to buy your loved one; save that for their birthday.

Sylvia Rosen is an online writer with a background in newspaper journalism. She enjoys writing about dating, relationships and healthy lifestyles.

Online Dating 101

Online dating has its own rules and perils.  If the concept of online dating is new to you, this article will give you some basic information to help you successfully navigate the scene.

To start with, there are different platforms for online dating services.  The most basic is a general online dating service where you can view everyone who has posted a profile.  Samples of this type of general dating sites include FriendFinder, and  Then there are relationship-based services that find you a match based on criteria for compatibility.  This type of service is generally for those who take dating and finding a mate more seriously such as sites like eHarmony.  Social networking sites such as Facebook and Friendster are also venues for online dating, although the emphasis is not so much for online dating as it is on networking.  Nevertheless, some users do find relationships through these sites, usually through a mutual friendship.  There are also services who match up people with similar interests.  Niche dating services aim to take advantage of common interests and commonalities such as love for horses, or a certain age group.

If you do decide to take the plunge to online dating, then it is only prudent to exercise caution.  After all, the internet is populated by people of dubious backgrounds and motivations.  Until you know a person really well, it is best to remember that when dealing with strangers, too much caution is better than none.  Here are some pointers for online dating safety.

  1. Don’t give out personal information until you are absolutely sure that the person can be trusted. Information as simple as your full name and home phone number can lead a person to retrieve your complete address.  From there, it is a short journey towards learning where you work, how much you earn, even how much your home is worth.
  2. Trust your instincts.  If something tells you not to go through with something, or you somehow feel as if you can’t let your guard down with a certain person, don’t just disregard it.  Intuition can be a powerful tool, as there are some cues that your subconscious may be picking up on without you being fully aware of it.
  3. Use a dedicated email address just for online dating.  Remember that your email address reflects your full name.  Sign up for a free email address to keep this information private.
  4. Use a cell phone or anonymous phone service for dating-related calls. The same principle applies to keeping your home phone number private, at least until you really get to know a person better.
  5. Never let your guard down.  Though some online dating services may claim to run background checks on everybody, this is not always possible.  It is rather easy for a determined criminal to go through this background checks by using simple evasive strategies.  Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security.

Online dating can pave the way for meeting the right partner.  Still, it is in your best interest to think critically before rushing into anything.  There are thousands of successful online relationships that have ended in long-term commitments such as marriage.  You have to admit though, that even more have ended in crime or disaster.

Joana Chrystal Ventura-Moises is our resident expert on frameless shower doors.  She writes regular posts for websites such as this and Plumbing Point.

How to Get a Girl…

Since not everyone is born with good looks or a hunky body, then not every guy gets the girl of their dreams. Such guys will still have to strive more for their physical self to be attractive and to eventually get the girl that they are eying on.

Meanwhile it is not always the physical appearance and the perfection of the face or the physique that always matters. There is more to what the eyes can see and here are some good reliable tips to make it happen. Firstly, it is always the number one rule to stay fresh and smell clean even if you don’t have Brad Pitt’s face. Looking fresh and smelling clean is one surefire way to attract the opposite sex. Furthermore if you have a flirty perfume or pleasant smelling cologne that exudes an aura of seduction will be helpful.

A whiff of your scent when a girl is near you signals excitement to the girl. There are really good colognes and perfumes on the net which might catch your taste. There are also perfumes intended to excite women and offers a seducing effect. In line with this, data shows that Versace knows very well what I mean. Also dressing well and wearing clean clothes can also add points. This way the girl will know that you are one guy who loves to get things organized and cleaned up. Do not talk too much. A guy who is very talky tends to put off a girl’s mood. It is usually the girl’s task to talk a lot and to imagine things. In addition to that, never brag. Bragging is never the same as being confident. Girls never like boastful guys especially if the guy keeps talking about himself. That is a big turn off. Answer sensibly and be thoughtful when answering also. Make communication last by ending your statements with thoughtful words and sagacious statements. This will keep the girl glued to the conversation. These tips are surefire way to make communication with the girl worthwhile.