The Authentic Path to Dating

Couple on a date

It takes courage to be authentic while dating. You will sometimes get rejected for being yourself. However, you may miss out on genuine love unless you’re willing to take that risk.

You probably realize that it’s inauthentic to pretend you’re an astronaut when you’re not even sure what NASA stands for. However, there are subtler ways to be false to yourself and your date.

Do you want to take off your mask and connect on a deeper level? Try these tips for being authentic while dating online and off.

Authenticity in Online Dating

Almost 84% of singles want more authenticity in dating, according to a survey by the dating app Plenty of Fish. The internet does make it easy to embellish. However, sticking to the truth is essential if you want a healthy relationship.

Try these techniques to be true to yourself and your date:

  1. Turn off filters. It’s natural to choose flattering photos of yourself for your profile, but they need to be recognizable. Your date may feel deceived if you change your eye color and remove too many wrinkles.
  2. Use your words. Potential partners will usually learn more about each other from verbal descriptions rather than photos. Include stories that showcase your personality. Describe what you’re looking for in a relationship.
  3. Be honest. Provide any information someone would need to decide about going on a first date with you. That includes being candid about your current relationship status.
  4. Meet offline. Chatting online can be fun at first but may lead to romantic fantasies and unrealistic expectations if it goes on too long. Schedule a coffee date if it seems like the interest is mutual.
  5. Stay safe. You can be authentic and protect your security at the same time. Do a Google search by image to help detect any fake online accounts. Ensure your first meeting is in a busy public place.

Authenticity in Offline Dating

Remember that successful dating is more about discovering if you’re compatible rather than trying to impress others. You’ll both have more fun if you allow your true self to shine through.

Use these strategies:

  1. Share a meal. Happy relationships can begin in a bar. However, you’ll probably form a more accurate picture of each other if you go out for dinner at a quiet restaurant or take a walk. Look for settings that encourage leisurely conversation.
  2. Express yourself. Do you feel pressured to say what you think the other person wants to hear? If you want to be happy together, you’ll need to reveal your true thoughts and feelings and encourage your date to do the same.
  3. Share strengths and interests. You may be more at ease speaking your mind if you start with subjects that feel comfortable. Focus on the things you love and do well.
  4. Follow your instincts. Listen to your inner wisdom. Romantic chemistry can be mysterious, so try to evaluate the basis of your attraction and decide if you want to spend more time together.
  5. Keep growing. Your authentic self continues to evolve. Pay attention to your changing needs. You may find that you need to update your relationship goals.
  6. Introduce the family. Most relationships extend beyond the couple themselves. Introduce your date to your family and friends. Be open to your friends’ feedback. If you find that difficult, it may be a warning sign about your future.
  7. Consider your purpose. Of course, you have to know yourself before you can be authentic about dating. Think about your values and life purpose. Ask yourself how your relationships align with your priorities.

Successful long-term relationships require trust and honesty. Being authentic from the start will give you a healthy start on love.