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Making contact

Making contact

Making contact in the real world works differently from getting in touch with people online. Dating site are quick and anonymous. When you meet someone when you’re out and about or in a bar, you use all your senses to determine whether someone has partner potential. On the internet, you start a conversation without seeing each other.

Dating: When fantasy meets reality

A thought for the day about something a lot of people are guilty of (and, let’s be honest here, women are actually worse at this). I’m talking about thinking too far ahead when just starting to date someone.  more

Friends with benefits – not necessarily a relationship killer

Another one for the “science proves the obvious” vaults. This time it’s about the ever popular friends with benefits institution. You may have heard some stories about how having such a friendship is a relationship killer and nothing will ever come of it, but now a survey of nearly 800 long-term couples has found that 20% of them started as friends with benefits.  more

My friends don’t like the person I’m dating

If you have a close-knit group of friends who go out together, spend time together and go way back, it’s easy to see why dating someone who’s in some way connected to this group is going to be more socially acceptable for you than bringing a stranger into the fold.  more

10 tips for a contact request

In theory, a contact request is just a matter of a click, but you can raise your game if you add a nice personal message. But what should you write? Here are some pointers for that very first message  more

Avoiding a sense of routine

Curiosity, surprises, a racing heart … online dating can be exciting stuff. But what happens if a sense of romance gives way to a sense of routine as each new encounter seems to run a familiar course? Is it Groundhog Day all over again?  more

Avoiding the scatter-gun approach

How do you make online dating work for you? There’s one method you should definitely avoid - even though people often seem to want to try it, and that’s the scatter-gun approach. Instead of casting your net indiscriminately, take a close look at yourself and at your prospective dates.  more

Write or phone? Strategies for getting to know each other

When you meet someone when you’re out and about or in a bar, you use all your senses to determine whether someone has partner potential. On the internet, you start a conversation without seeing each other. So, should you stick to the computer keyboard or should you ask for a phone number?  more

What’s in a name?

Paula(50) was a bit worried by a reaction from one of her contacts on Parship when he found out that she was using a pseudonym. We asked the service’s members what they thought about this issue.  more

The email adviser

What do I write to someone I hardly know? How can I tell whether we could be compatible? And can you really flirt on email? Here are some tips for your Parship emails.  more

Seven email dating traps

Have you ever wondered why someone has gone silent on you online? It could be that you’ve fallen into one of the traps of email dating. Here are some pointers on some of the most common stumbling blocks  more

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