"The bar scene was always about ' Hey baby, you're hot' after a few drinks." Though once considered the sole province of the nerdy and socially challenged, online dating has come a long way.
According to online dating site Match.com, more than 20,000 people register to use the site every day.
Despite a few duds and near misses, her perseverance—plus an online connection seven years later that resulted in a marriage proposal—would eventually reaffirm her belief that online dating is an ideal way to make a real connection with another person.
"But when you think about it, when you go out, you get only one chance to make a great first impression.
With a profile, you get as many as you want." Casey suggests new users break down their profile in to four parts—the picture, the headline, the username and the paragraph.
"Using something like 'legsfordays' as a username is probably not the impression you want to give if you're looking for a serious relationship," Casey says.
Your headline should answer a basic question such as "What am I looking for?
"Some people have usernames you need a decoder ring to decipher," Casey says.
"All the numbers and letters jumbled together make it really hard to figure out what it means."Stay clear of anything too provocative."I'm a lawyer, and it's a job that takes up a lot of time," she says."I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.A profile is the unique, customizable area on an online dating site that contains biographical information about yourself, as well as photographs and details about what you're looking for in a potential mate."A lot of people get really intimidated by the profile process," says Whitney Casey, relationship insider for " Casey says the answer should be fun and playful and prompt people to want to click into your profile to get to know you better.