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Thoughts of growing young together made me a beaming bride on my wedding day. Unfortunately, like a large percentage of those with good intentions, my marriage did not last.
In less than five years, I was another statistic. Unlike other newly divorced singles, I had a lot of experience with online dating. I met my now ex-husband online and it is quite likely that I will meet my new spouse on one of the many popular online dating sites. Should I be afraid to jump back on that online-dating saddle due to a bad experience?
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Absolutely not, and neither should you. Unlike 16 years ago when I created my first online dating profile and wouldn't tell a soul, Internet dating has became mainstream. We can thank the over million members of Facebook for contributing to the validation of online dating and the growth of the many new sites that are cropping up daily.
So what should a newly divorced person do while looking for love online? First of all, my recommendation is to be ready and to be authentic.
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What I mean by this is to accurately represent your relationship status. If your divorce is not final, you are separated, divorce pending. Too often singles say they are divorced only to reveal after you become emotionally or intimately involved that there's a nasty court case still in progress.
Understand that sometimes a newly divorced person will need to find a transition relationship during this difficult period. Here are my picks: Match is still the biggest site, with the best brand recognition — everybody knows about it, it's where most people start, meaning the biggest pool of available men.
Online dating is largely a numbers game — at the beginning, you need a lot of options.
Match is easy to use, relatively inexpensive, has great links to advice, and you can access Dr. If you don't find someone in six months, and you follow the site's administrative rules, you get another six months free. This site suggests matches for you, by way of an exhaustive personality profile — you fill it out, and the computer scientifically finds potential partners.
The jury is still out about whether this system works better than your own instinct, but as a secondary site, I think it's a good idea - why not put modern technology to work on your romantic behalf?
There are other sites offering similar services, but I like this one because it serves everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. A niche site that caters to what you consider a contract breaker — common ones are religion, ethnicity, even medical conditions.
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To find the right one for you, Google the word "dating" plus "Catholic" or "Korean" or "herpes" obviously, this list is endless. A niche site that caters to something you love — like pets, cycling, Democrats, running. Ditto the Google strategy detailed above. It stands to reason that a pool of people who share a passionate avocation could produce a great match.