How to be successful at online dating

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Community Q&A According to a recent survey done by Date Watchers.com, most people are starting to get comfortable with online dating.

However, some minor mistakes are still what keeps people from meeting the person they so badly deserve.

Your odds are good during the winter: According to Lauren O'Reilly of Ok Cupid, people tend to end relationships going into the holidays and want to start fresh in the new year."Everybody starts their New Year's resolution, and a lot of times it's: Get online or go out more, proactive stuff to really meet somebody," said Jess Mc Cann, author of "You Lost Him at Hello: From Dating to 'I Do' — Secrets from One of America's Top Dating Coaches."Pressure from family members during the holidays or wishing they had someone to spend the holidays with encourages people.Send the wrong emoji — or apparently any at all if you're male — and you're as good as gone.The protocol can be daunting, especially to someone new to the game.If you really are going away, wait until you get back to ask her out.A good rule of thumb: if you aren’t available for a date within 7 days of sending the message, don’t send it., like, “a guy told me he was looking for a girlfriend by next year so he’d have someone to split rent with.” Then there was the charmer who told his date about the time he “got wasted, peed and mopped it up with his clothes, and then wore them.” Um, yeah., we’d like to assume you know better than to make mistakes like these.

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