Online dating steps
Not a big deal if you do it a couple times, but continually checking someone's profile may seem a tad "stalker-like" if you do contact him or her later.
Once you've identified some ladies or gentlemen of interest, it's time to reach out and contact them.
If you do like what you see and read, and are interested in moving forward, answer back with a short note.
Express appreciation for the contact, cite something you liked from his or her pictures/profile, suggest a phone call, sign with your real first name and, if you're comfortable, cell phone number. Just remember, it works both ways: if you ignore some of the people who contacted you, you can't get upset when you don't hear back from some of those you approach. One important note: no matter who made the first move, don't let the process drag on.
Once you've spotted each other, there's the awkward "handshake or hug" moment.
As the man, I felt that was the woman's call, and waited for her to indicate what we were doing.
And speaking of the man's role, I also considered it my responsibility to pay on the first date.
For both men and women, it couldn't be easier -- just spot someone who looks good, check out their details, and if you're interested, hit them up.
Whether your dating site suggests candidates or you initiate a search, you'll find yourself staring at the photos of dozens of potential dates.