With the beginning of a new year, we figured there's no better time to ask online dating experts to share their tips for success.Your odds are good during the winter: According to Lauren O'Reilly of Ok Cupid, people tend to end relationships going into the holidays and want to start fresh in the new year."Everybody starts their New Year's resolution, and a lot of times it's: Get online or go out more, proactive stuff to really meet somebody," said Jess Mc Cann, author of "You Lost Him at Hello: From Dating to 'I Do' — Secrets from One of America's Top Dating Coaches."Pressure from family members during the holidays or wishing they had someone to spend the holidays with encourages people.It seems like a difficult balancing act, too much information being shared might help someone steal your identity, while too little might make you an unappealing dating prospect.Let's look at some online dating security and safety tips: The online dating site you use will likely have some built-in security features that you can choose to take advantage of.Don't procrastinate: "Messages sent within the first 24 hours are twice as likely to receive a response," said Jean-Marie Mc Grath of Hinge.
Your odds are even better on Sundays: Add perusing dating apps into your "easing into the weekday" Sunday night routine. Sunday is the average peak of traffic for Ok Cupid, aka your best chance of striking up a conversation with a potential suitor.The online dating world can be both an exciting and scary place at the same time.You want to "put yourself out there" while also not risking your personal safety or your privacy.If dating is a game, online dating is a game of strategy.Message someone "hey," and you'll probably be ignored.If a man makes no mention about pets, and you are in love with dogs, instead of assuming he doesn’t like them, ask him. If a match doesn't get back to you immediately, instead of assuming they aren't into you, keep an open mind and have faith that everything will happen as it should.