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Making contact

Penfriends or a real date?

Every Parship member likes getting nice messages, but ultimately they are a means to an end and should lead to some real-life dates. Fiona (41) found the transition wasn’t happening and asked for a few pointers ...  more

Ladies first

Thanks to online dating, it’s never been easier for women to make the first move, but many women wait for a sign from their Prince Charming. What happens if he remains obstinately silent, though? The answer is to take the initiative.  more

Online dating – taking things at the right speed

On the one side there’s someone who likes to speed things to a conclusion; on the other is someone who prefers to take his or her time ... Hitting the right tempo can be tricky. Take a look at our tips.  more

Keeping a healthy perspective

Rather than little pink hearts, there are usually questions marks floating about when two people are getting to know each other. Here’s how to deal with the uncertainties you are likely to encounter.  more

Just when is it time for a photo?

Chris (41) doesn’t like being obliged to show his photo straight away - he’d prefer to message a little first. We have him some tips and asked some of our other members what they think.  more

Juggling your contacts

In the context of online dating, at least until you find Mr or Ms Right, you will tend to keep up with a number of contacts. But this kind of juggling can have its traps.  more

Getting to know you …

As in ‘real life’ there are rules to getting to know each other online - there is no special mystery to it. It’s all a matter of the dynamics between the two people in question. The thing is, when you start to exchange messages you know comparatively little about how the other person might respond, so you need to feel your way a little.  more

Can I ask you for your number?

“Will you give me your phone number?” Karen (52) repeatedly has trouble responding to this question, because she feels the time is not yet right. We asked our members what they thought about exchanging phone numbers; here are the results - and also a few tips from us.  more

Keeping your feet on the ground

If you’ve fallen for someone, that’s wonderful, but if you you’re the kind of person who tends to let your feelings run away with you and – even before the first date – do things like talk about marriage, perhaps you’ll find these tips helpful.  more

Question time

“Would you like to have children? Would that mean you would work less?” Sarah (32) was often asked these questions after one or two emails on Parship - and she found it irritating. We respond with the results of a survey on the subject  more

10 tips for the first phonecall

It’s always exciting when you have your first phonecall with someone you’ve met online. And that’s how is should be: if you’re excited, then it should help you to get to know each other, but it can also cause a few problems from time to time. Here are some tips on how best to handle that important first phone conversation.  more

You’ve got mail: 7 tips for successful communication

There’s a profile that’s really pushed the right buttons for you, and now’s the time to make all the right moves ... But your standard three-line email hasn’t exactly blown them away so far. And by the third mail you’re beginning to run out of ideas.  more

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