Online Dating

Best Practices for Online Dating

Nicky Rolland | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Nicky Rolland

Online dating can be intimidating -- especially for those of you who have been out of the dating game for a while. You may wonder if it's safe, how comfortable you feel competing in such an open forum, how you will handle potential rejection, or how you will feel perhaps not getting any attention at all. Here are my best practices for successful online dating.

Exercise Buddy Program Could Help Cancer Research

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Inspired by the popularity of online dating, Associate Professor Catherine Sabiston is hoping to help cancer patients find their perfect exercise "match" post-treatment. "One of the biggest barriers that women with cancer identify is lack of social support," said Sabiston. "They say that if they just had someone to knock on their door and pull them out of the house, they'd exercise. It made me wonder how to match these women with other women so that they can get that social support and hopefully exercise more."

The Profile Pictures That Will Spark The Most Interest Online

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

By this point in your life, you've likely uploaded at least one picture to a social media site. And in doing so, you probably took some time consideri...

Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Shares Tips For How To Find Love After 40

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sacha DeVoretz

The motivator for me to try online dating in the first place was Patti Stanger. Stanger is an American matchmaker and television personality, known for starring in the reality series The Millionaire Matchmaker. Stanger shared with me the top tips for women over 40 looking for love.

10 Tips For Online Dating In 2014

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

If your love life was on hold in 2013 and you're ready to look for a spark again, it's time to get your online dating persona in order. Online dating ...

Tinder: The App That Made Me Rethink Marketing (And Dating)

Sunta Sem | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Business
Sunta Sem

Working in marketing, I often find it hard to turn off that part of my brain. This is about an epiphany I had as a former OKCupid user and a more recent Tinder experimenter: online dating is the perfect analogy for digital marketing.

My Tinder Bender Date #14: The Atheist

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

His tagline is facking hilarious: Toronto's most illegible bachelor. Good one, dude. It looks like he's at the top of Runyon Canyon in his profile pi...

My Tinder Bender Date #13 -- The Unemployed Guy

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

I've been pretty spoiled since I've been on Tinder. It's time for me to buy some drinks for a dude. This is the "Christina Gives Back" Tinder date. Plus, I just got a Trillium cheque in the mail. That should cover the tab. I message him first. Hey dude. How's Tindering going?

My Tinder Bender Date #12 -- The Cat Man

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

He walks in, smiling. I like people that smile. I smile A LOT. Within minutes of the date, he shows me pictures of his cat. Don't be foiled by an eyebrow ring, ladies. Sometimes the edgy looking ones are big softies. He LOVES cats! He shows me many pictures of his kitty, including painted portraits.

Can Social Media Actually Benefit Relationships?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Social media often gets a bad reputation for how it impacts relationships; however, I truly believe it has the ability to benefit and enhance personal interactions. And it's not just for romantic interests, although that is something that is becoming more popular; social media offers opportunities for creating and maintaining relationships, whether with family, friendships or partners.

My Tinder Bender Date # 11: The Girl Who Cried Creepy

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

He says "You don't believe I'm a nice guy? Here. Look at this." And that's the moment I knew...I have to get the FACK out of here! He's showing us pictures of him getting beat up by the cops! I don't know why he would show us these to prove how "nice" he is.

My Tinder Bender Date #10: The Out of Towner

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

I tell him he looks way younger than 43. "You don't look 34 either," he says. "Yay! We're just two people, defying age! We must look young, because we avoid things like marriage and babies!" He coughs a little. "Actually, I've had both."

My Tinder Bender Date #9: Come to Mommy

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

I can't believe I did it. I hit the heart button on a guy with KIDS in his profile picture. Not one, but TWO kids! How mature do I think I am? Still...(deep breath) he is attractive. And I am 34. I have to face the fact that guys in my age bracket might have offspring, whether it was on purpose, or they forgot to pull out.

My Tinder Bender Date #8: I Think I Bombed

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

As I approach the address of the restaurant, I see a sandy blonde hair dude standing out front of a nonexistent restaurant. There's just a big fence and a "Coming Soon" sign. Oops. Nice choice, Christina. Pick a bar that doesn't open for another two months, why don't you?

My Tinder Bender Date #7: I Probably Shouldn't Have, But...

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

Now I know I should immediately block this guy. Still... I'm oddly intrigued. My show ends around 10:30 p.m. I check my phone, and there's a message from him. You're my little nasty girl. I take a deep breath, and pray he's just kidding.

My Tinder Bender Date #6: As Exciting as Mild Wings

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

A couple beers in, we're both yawning. The conversation starts to dry up. We're now talking the ceiling fixtures. Talking about lamps hanging from the ceiling is a sign we're both starting to space out. I'm also getting tweets from my comedian guy friends, who know I'm on a date. All of a sudden, I wish I was with them.

My Tinder Bender: Date #3 -- The Fast Talker

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

I know I complained that the first date didn't talk enough, but this guy -- this guy is like Six from Blossom. He's really banging out the stories. I know I told him I have to work tonight, but not until 5:00 p.m. It's 2:00 p.m. You can slow down, dude.

My Tinder Bender: Date #2 - Pushing Cougarism

Christina Walkinshaw | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living
Christina Walkinshaw

"We're the same age, aren't we? You're 27?" He says. UH-OH! "Um... no, actually...I think I'm a little older," I spit out, along with a laugh that sounds like I might be choking. "Really? How old are you?" all of a sudden, I'm feeling a little cougary. So I suggest a place that's good to take a younger man.

6 Foolproof Ways To Survive Online Dating

AFP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living

Thinking of trying online dating? If so, you're in good company. According to Online Dating Magazine, 20 per cent of Americans have gone out on a date...

Much Ado About Online Dating: Top 5 Tips for Success

Megan Fielding | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

The Huffington Post reported earlier this year that more than one third of people meet their significant others online and those relationships are 25 per cent less likely to end in separation or divorce. So why is there still a slight stigma attached to it? As someone who met their longtime boyfriend online and an ongoing sideline spectator of my friends' experiences, I can share what I know.

Didn't Meet Your Spouse Online? You're More Likely to Divorce

r/ally | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

If you're on the lookout for a spouse, ladies and gentlemen, look no further than your computer. According to a latest study, couples who met online have higher levels of marital satisfaction and are less likely to split up than those who were first introduced in offline venues.

Could THIS Lead To A Longer And Happier Marriage?

2life | Natalie Lavoy-Furtado | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Living

Although meeting potential partners online isn't the most romantic story to tell, it could be the best way to get to a longer and happier marriage...

How Honest Is Your Online Persona?

Tikva Hecht | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Living
Tikva Hecht

Last week, the popular online dating site, Plenty of Fish, announced new features to try to weed out fake profiles. Whether you're for or against the gesture, it's difficult to think of the update as anything but that. We have become a society immersed in mass habitual tinkering in the gap between who we are and who we present ourselves to be, always at work on our personal "brand."

Improve Your Text Life! A Guide To Dating in a Mobile World

Andrew Bridge | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Andrew Bridge

Whether it's sultry or sweet, a good text life is crucial for daters. Today, people are agonizing over what to type, not what to say. Here are some tips. Tone down the exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!! You're excited about your date, but play it cool. One fifth of Canadians say exclamation marks are a major texting no-no.

The Only Way to Find Love: Ditch the Rules

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Many single people have very firm ideas about what they want in an ideal partner. Often, that list of criteria is less about love and support and more about lifestyle fit, about a perception of a "perfect match". While attraction and compatibility are certainly important factors in successful relationships, we also know that they alone are not sufficient.