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Rule 2: Don't let unrealistic expectations hold you back With the wide pool of potential dates online, it's easy to paint a picture of your ideal mate.
Tick off all of your preferred traits—interests and looks—and you'll narrow the field to perfect-for-you candidates.
But stick too closely to that list and you can seriously limit your chances of making a great connection.
Pickiness hasn't helped 40-year-old Nancy Mac Eachern, a Calgary-based graphic designer.
"I never, ever thought it would work or that I'd find someone special so quickly," she says.
Why it works: Just because it didn't click the first time doesn't mean it won't click the next.
If you're single, looking for love and not online, you might want to get on that, stat!
In the quest for romance, more than half of Canadian singles have tried online dating, according to matchmaking heavyweight Match.com, and one in five relationships begins online.
"I went on a bunch of dates, but there was nothing romantic there," she says.
Single for 2 1/2 years, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38, then underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments and is now in remission. "Before, I would go on dates with lots of different people and maybe give somebody a chance," she says.
"It can be disheartening when you've been dating online for a while and you're having no luck," says Kimberly Moffit, a relationship expert and Canadian spokesperson for That means a six-month trial and really making an effort, including scheduling online dating time and commiting to meeting as many people as possible.
"Treat it as a part-time job or a hobby that you enjoy," advises Moffit.
Then, last year, she tried Tinder, sometimes known as a "hookup app," with the goal of meeting three people.
She met Todd*, a 30-year-old behavioural therapist, shortly after and "something just clicked." They're now engaged and living together.