Does Online Dating Really Work For Women

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Does Online Dating Really Work for Women?

Kara Pound

Written by: Kara Pound

Kara Pound

Kara Pound is an award-winning journalist based in St. Augustine, Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Flagler College. Her work has been published in INKED, Natural Awakenings, Design Aglow, Memphis Flyer, Jacksonville Magazine, E/Environmental Magazine, and dozens more. Check out some of Kara's work at

Edited by: Lillian Castro

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April’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot reached a world-record payout of $540 million. That means the odds of winning were one in 176 million. According to, one in five relationships starts online. According to eHarmony, their site is responsible for nearly 5 percent of marriages in the U.S. It sounds like finding the man of your dreams online is much more realistic than winning a huge lottery jackpot.

But like the lottery, just because you play doesn’t mean you’re going to win. That’s why you have to take advantage of the tools you are given to find a successful relationship via online dating. Ladies, here are a few foolproof tips to help get the odds on your side and find Mr. Right.

1. Be on the lookout.

Just because you join an online dating site and pay the monthly membership, doesn’t mean the man of your dreams is going to literally fall in your lap. You have to be active. Regularly browse through the profiles, answer messages in your inbox in a prompt manor, and don’t flake out when a guy wants to meet in person.

2. Be thorough.

Consider your online dating profile like your resume. You wouldn’t submit a half-completed resume if you were serious about finding a job, so why skimp on your profile? Answer every field — even if that means writing “N/A” — and be thorough.


“Online dating is a bit like playing the lottery,

except the odds are much more in your favor to

find true love than win a half-billion dollars.”

3. Take advantage.

Not of other people but of the tools that are offered through many online dating memberships. The legit sites usually offer online tools like expert advice, guides to dating and relationship statistics. You’re already paying for the service, so why not utilize it?

4. Increase your chances.

There are dozens of dating sites geared toward specific types of people or lifestyles. If you will only date a fellow Christian, then join a Christian dating site. If you only want to meet fellow single parents, then join a site tailored to that. Be specific and you will have fewer profiles to sift through.

Online dating is a bit like playing the lottery, except the odds are much more in your favor to find true love than win a half-billion dollars. Just remember to take advantage of the tools available to you. Be thorough, be specific and do your homework. Just as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People only see what they are prepared to see.”

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