Online dating always has a stigma attached to it, people are still cynical about it even though a lot of people have actually met their significant others through online dating and matchmaking websites. But the million dollar question is “Would the relationship really work if we met online?”
The answer to that question is yes, it does work! In regular dating, of course you have to put in the some love, effort, and commitment to make the relationship work. But in online dating, you have to put a little extra in everything since relationships made online are harder to maintain. You’ll have to put in a little more love, effort, understanding, and commitment. But in addition to that, here are four more tips on how to make your relationship work if you met your partner online:
1. Keep up the communication
Communication is essential to making any relationship work, especially you and your partner met online. Having an agreed form of communication that would be convenient for the both of you. It’s also important to set an agreed timeframe in which you two can talk if the two of you live in different time zones.
When it’s time to talk with your partner, be sure to give them your full attention because even though you’re not together physically.
2. Stay true
Another thing that is essential in a relationship is honesty. If a relationship is built on honesty, then your trust in each other will be as strong as steel.
Lying about who you are is never a good way to start a relationship. Whatever your reasons are, whether you think that you’re not confident or not good looking enough, it’s always more preferable to be honest. Someone out there will surely fall in love with who you really are.
If you met your partner online and haven’t had an in-person meeting yet, it’s important for you to be cautious. Remember to always be aware of red flags like inconsistent stories, repeated excuses when you ask them for a photo or video chat, and requesting for money. Remember that in online dating, there will always be scammers and catfishers.
3. Make a team effort
In a relationship, it’s important that both of you put in the same effort. If not, it would be unfair to the other person if they’re the only one putting in all the effort to make the relationship work. If this situation goes on, your relationship would most likely fail in the long run.
Be sure to show that you’re sincere about your feelings towards them. Not only through words but through actions. Putting a little bit of effort wouldn’t hurt. Surely all the love and effort that you gave them would bounce back to you.
Showing your feelings and sincerity online can be a little bit more challenging, but by just simply being on-time and prompt when you’re conversing can go a long way. They would even appreciate all the effort you’re putting in just to talk with them.
4. Talk about the future
When your relationship is new, talking about the future would seem like both of you are moving a little too fast. But when you’ve already given it some time and there’s still no discussion about where your relationship is going, then now is the time to actually talk about the future.
The reason behind this is so that both of you will have something to look forward to in the future and to show how committed and in love you are to one another. Think about how deep and invested you both are in the relationship and decide where the relationship is moving and taking place.