Everything You Need To Know About Online Dating

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Important online dating tips from two women who have tried it. Maybe the push you need to sign up!

Online dating. Yes. We said it. And, as it so happens, we've done it, too.

The once super taboo, let's-come-up-with-another-story-about-how-we-met form of meeting people is becoming ever more popular in a culture that has less and less free time and fewer real opportunities to be introduced to the right people. We do everything else online—so why not meet people there, too? Excelle: Poll: Online Dating, Yes or No?

To all you single-and-looking ladies out there who might think, "Uh, I'm not sure if I'm ready for that," hopefully we can help ease you into it. Because as weirded out as our parents (and even our own friends) may be by the idea, the Matches, eHarmonys, and OKCupids of the dating realm will only become ever more prevalent in the coming years, especially for working—and over-worked—professionals.

What's more, your pool of singletons has grown even larger in the past year, thanks to an economy-in-shambles. With less money to spend on entertainment (and let's face it, more time at home for those unlucky enough to have lost their jobs), people are spending more and more time online than out and about. Instead of their local watering hole, singles are perusing the online personals for dates.

What does this mean for you? It means you've got more talent to choose from than ever before. And when it comes to finding your match, choice means the difference between swooning and settling.

Sold yet? You will be. 

We'll tell you why you should get online, which sites to use, how to maximize your success, what we've learned from our experiences, and how to date safely... we'll even give you a sneak peak at what men think about all this! Excelle: 5 Ways to Get a Man to Listen

Why Try It?

First of all, the term "online dating" is a bit misleading. You don't date online. You meet online. The dating itself happens in person, just like any other date. That having been said, being introduced to new people through these targeted sites is a great way to filter out the people you know right away won't be a fit.

Think you're too busy for dating? Think again! Excelle: The Professional Women's Guide to Dating

1. Save Yourself Time

As a busy lady, we completely understand that the time you have to commit to your personal life is limited, even more so for the time you have for your dating life. With a schedule that's packed full of work-related ventures, hours at the gym (or at yoga, pilates, tennis, kickboxing, out walking, running, what have you!), errands, frivolous shopping, plans with friends and family (and perhaps with the kids), how could you possibly find room for a romantic relationship?

Don't make us say it, but you can. With online dating, that's how.