Get Busy Online, Then Quickly Take It Offline

Ask Demetria: Finding your mate may be a click away, but meeting in person is key.

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In the best-case scenarios of online dating gone wrong, women meet someone who has a great personality via instant messaging or on the phone, then in person realize that his personality is a little dry or he was less than forthcoming about his age, height or income -- the top three things men misrepresent online. Unfortunately, this is sometimes par for the course in online "dating."

Don't let that discourage you, though. I know plenty of women who have had bad dates with people they've met online, just as they would if they'd met a date at work or school or through a friend. There's not any place, online or off, that guarantees a perfect match and can back it up. It will take trial and error -- and a little luck -- to meet a great match, but if you're up for the challenge, there's an exciting new world of dating options waiting for you.  

Good luck!

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor to The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. She answers your dating and relationship questions on The Root each week. Feel free to ask anything at

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