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One Thing You Should Avoid on a First Date

So, you’ve been talking to a new potential date for a week or so now. Read more…

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5 Reasons To Not Give Up On Finding Your Person

Sure, dating can be tough, but it can also be so rewarding and amazing too. The urge to throw in the towel, cancel every dating account and refuse to try anymore happens to us all, but before you swear it off altogether, read these five reasons why you should rethink dating: Read more…

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Positively Attractive

With the presidential campaign and the news cycles more negative than ever, we are on a mission to help change the conversation from “Make America Great Again” to “Make America Love Again.” So today, Match is celebrating National Positive Thinking Day by focusing on encouraging everyone to share the love. Read more…

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One Type of Profile Picture You Should Never Upload

Choosing pictures for your dating profile is stressful. Read more…


5 Times It’s Perfectly Okay to Say “No” to A Date

We all know that online dating comes with ups and downs, and just because it’s online doesn’t mean you won’t encounter people and situations that aren’t exactly ideal. It’s all part of the process!

Here are five situations where it’s perfectly okay to say “no” to a date:

1. They said something over a message that doesn’t sit right.

Of course, with how rampant texting and emailing instead of calling is nowadays, tones can always be misread and misinterpreted. However, if someone you’ve been chatting with says something that doesn’t sit right with with you, listen to yourself. If they come on too strong, hint at inappropriate behavior too soon, or say something offensive, do not feel obligated to accept a date with them.

2. They waited until the last minute and you have other plans.

We’re quick to cast aside all other plans when there’s a chance of a date, but by doing so, we’ve helped create a world in which people think it’s okay to wait until the very last minute to ask someone out. Let’s help end this! Everyones time is valuable; if someone wants to see you, they should respect your time and plan ahead. If your week has already been booked and they asked to see you, offer up another time but don’t drop your plans for their last-minute style.

3. You’re not in the right mind frame.

Even if you’ve been talking to someone for several days or weeks, and are looking forward to meeting them, you have to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to go on a date. We’re all human and have bad days, or things happen beyond our control. Be as honest as you feel comfortable with in your explanation and try to set a hard time for the raincheck!

4. You were on the fence and something else came up.

If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not you could like this person that asked you out, and in the meantime a better offer comes up that excites you more, it’s more than okay to say no. Not to say you need to be jumping up and down with excitement over every person who asks you out, but there’s a difference between clearing your schedule in hopes of seeing someone and going out with someone because their a last resort.

5. You’re just not feeling it.

It’s cliché, but it’s true. Your gut is usually right, so listen to it. If something about the person, the date, the approach, the ask, the plan, anything feels wrong or off to you, just say “No thanks!” There will be plenty more dates to come and until then, hold out.

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Not A Laughing Matter

Profiles, profiles, profiles. We write about them a lot on here because we know how much weight they can hold when it comes to attracting the right types of people.  Read more…

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5 Dates to Plan Before Summer is Over

With Labor Day weekend upon us, it symbolizes the end of summer. Read more…

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This Shouldn’t Be Your Profile Picture

Choosing your main profile picture is stressful. It’s the very first image of you that potential matches are going to see. Read more…

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5 Signs Your Date is Going Well

When you’re in the thick of a date (whether it’s the first, second, or fifth), there are so many emotions, thoughts, and feelings running through each person’s head, it can be hard to judge how well the actual date itself is going. Read more…

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This One’s for the Dogs: Happy National Dog Day!

It’s National Dog Day! We’re celebrating by pulling our most interesting data from our user base around our four-legged friends and dating. Read more…