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Volume 2, Number 4 - April 20, 2005
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Ideas: Enjoy a Play Date
3. Online Dating Tips: Put Some Thought Into Your Username
4. Relationship Tips: Let Go of Resentment
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Ideas: A Single Rose Among Many
8. News: Online Dating Study Uncovers Interesting Findings
9. Feature Link: Avoid Becoming a Professional Online Dater
10. Online Dating Newsletter Updates

From the Editor
Doing things to always keep your relationship interesting will make your courtship a memorable one for both you and your partner. I'm reminded of a past relationship where the girl - we'll call her "Jen" - enjoyed creating a theme around gifts she would buy me for my birthday or Christmas. One year for my birthday she based her gifts on an "entertainment/movie" theme. I was presented with a large empty movie popcorn bucket full of gifts - a DVD of my favorite movie that had just been released, a booklet of free movie tickets for the local theater, a bag of movie popcorn, a box of movie candy (i.e. Junior Mints), a soundtrack to one of my favorite movies, and a small movie poster from a film I loved. The gesture, and creative thought that went into it, was definitely memorable and enjoyable.

Creating a theme around your gift-giving can be a lot of fun. It may be a bit challenging, but you'll have fun doing it and your partner will likely appreciate the thought and effort you went through.

One thing some new couples worry about is their relationship going "stale". In the beginning, everything is new and exciting. Then, after a couple of months, things start to settle into a predictable routine. To keep your relationship fresh, do things regularly to introduce new excitement into your relationship. Exercise your mind by thinking of creative gestures. This does a great job of building a healthier relationship that rarely goes stale. And because partners tend to mimic their significant other's behavior, you may find some creative ideas being reciprocated for you in the future.

May your relationships be strong,

Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter


Creative Date Ideas: Enjoy a Play Date
Return to childhood for a day by going on a play date with your partner. For your play date you should select an activity that would typically be considered something for kids to enjoy and then go out and enjoy it yourself. In order for this date idea to work, you and your significant other have to agree before hand to completely let your guard down and not worry about what others may think of you. You have to truly think like a kid and enjoy being silly, rambunctious, and active.

Great examples of enjoyable play dates include:

» going to a video arcade
» venturing out to a park where you can swing on the swings, climb the monkey bars, twirl on the merry-go-round and play tag
» visiting a beach to make sand castles and splash in the water.

If you work up an appetite on your play date, make sure you eat the sugary, greasy foods that kids love like pizza, ice cream, and candy - you know you still like it, too!

(SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Online Dating Tips: Put Some Thought Into Your Username
When a person does a search on an online dating service, any one of three things may jump out at the person to make him/her click to view your profile. The first is your photo, the second is your headline, and the third (our focus in this issue) is your username. Your username is an opportunity to tell something about yourself or create something catchy. For example, let's take a female named Edna whose passion is watching hockey. Instead of using a username like edna347 (which is stale) she can quickly let people know about her hockey passion with a username like hockeygirl or hockeygal (which helps attract the interest of men who like hockey too). It's also generally a good idea to avoid overused usernames - ones that have the word "sexy" (i.e. "sexyeyes") or "cutie" (i.e. "QTpie") in them. Remember that your username is an opportunity to express something about yourself or your personality. It's a compliment to receive an email that says, "I really like your username" or "Your username is intriguing. What does it mean?" Make sure your username can elicit such an inquiry. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Relationship Tips: Let Go of Resentment
It is important to let go of resentment toward your partner in order for your communication to be effective and your love to grow. If you do not feel resentment toward your partner you can more easily let go of negative judgments and replace them with positive judgments. In his book "Men, Women and Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex" John Gray explains the negative side effects of hanging on to resentment and how to let go of that resentment:

"Not only does resentment provoke negative reactions, but it also negates the effectiveness of communication. When you share your feelings and thoughts with an attitude of resentment, it is almost impossible for the person you are resenting to stay open to you. One of the reasons communication can be so easy at the beginning of a relationship is that there is no buildup of resentment.

Accumulated resentment undermines the growth of love in a relationship. The first step toward releasing resentment is to claim your responsibility; understand how you provoke the responses you get. Then, with a greater understanding of your partner and with better communication, forgiveness will become easier." (SOURCE: Men, Women and Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex, by John Gray, Ph.D. - in bookstores everywhere)


Relationship Quote of the Week
"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love makes the ride worthwhile." - Franklin P. Jones


Inspirational Quote of the Week
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." - Henry Ford


Romantic Ideas: A Single Rose Among Many
Add a special flair to the traditional gift of a dozen roses. Go to a florist and buy a dozen roses, 11 red roses, and 1 uniquely colored rose. Roses come in a variety of colors, make sure you pick a color that stands out from the red roses, yet compliments the bouquet. Perhaps they have a rose on hand that is your partner's favorite color? This could add a more personal touch to the bouquet.

When delivering the bouquet to your loved one tell her that it is her unique beauty that makes her stand out from the rest of the crowd and that the single beautiful rose among the group of red roses is a symbol of your partner's distinctive beauty. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


News: Online Dating Study Uncovers Interesting Findings
(April 20, 2005 - A recent study by Dr. Jeff Gavin, of the University of Bath, has revealed several interesting facts about the online dating industry. The most intriguing discovery of the study is that online dating has become a much more successful way to find long-term romance and friendship than was previously thought. The study of online dating service members found that 94 percent of those surveyed saw their 'e-partner' again after first meeting them, and the relationships lasted for an average of at least seven months, with 18 percent of them lasting over a year.

Other findings of the study include:

> men online were significantly more likely to be committed to the relationship than women and were more dependent on their 'e-partner'.

> the more the couple engaged in simultaneous online chat before meeting rather than simply e-mailing one another, the more they were found to depend on one another emotionally and the more they understood one another.

> those who exchanged gifts before meeting had a more committed and deeper relationship.

> the more the couple talked on the telephone before they met, the deeper the relationship.

> people using the Internet rarely used webcams, which allow computer users to see one another, because they preferred the greater anonymity of writing and using the telephone.

For the study, Dr Gavin, with Dr Adrian Scott of the University of Bath and Dr Jill Duffield of the University of the West of England, carried out an online survey of 229 people, aged 18 to 65, who have used UK internet dating sites, asking them about their main relationship that they had had online. Of the relationships, 39 percent were still going on at the time of the survey, and of these 24 percent had been going for at least a year, and eight percent for at least two years. Of the relationships that had already ended at the time of the survey, 14 percent had lasted over a year, and four percent had lasted over two years.


Feature Link: Avoid Becoming a Professional Online Dater
Online Dating Magazine coined the phrase "professional online dater" to describe the growing number of people becoming "addicted" to online dating services and using online dating as "an escape route" out of relationships. At the first sign of trouble they bolt and, sure enough, within 24 hours their profile is back online.

Professional online daters are becoming such a large audience that Online Dating Magazine tapped writer Julie-Ann Amos to write a feature on "How to Avoid Becoming a Professional Online Dater."

To read the feature article, click here.


Online Dating Newsletter Updates
A new "Clicking Together" cartoon has been uploaded to the Online Dating Newsletter Website. Click here to view it.

A new joke has been added to the Online Dating Newsletter Dating Fun Zone. Click here to view the new Dating Jokes section.


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