In 2018, you'd be hard-pressed to find a single person who hasn't dabbled in the world of dating sites and apps.Now a billion industry, online dating isn't just an easy way to meet people. 2017 data from The Knot found that 19 percent of brides said they had met their spouse online.Even better, another recent study found that connections made online lead to more diverse, longer-lasting marriages. And especially with the rise of dating apps, users often find that they're having a hard time making meaningful connections or turning their text exchanges into actual dates.Mbg chatted with e Harmony CEO Grant Langston, who shared some of the secrets he's learned from making online dating after 17 years in the business.If you're someone who loves healthy food and early morning exercise sessions, "grabbing drinks" on every first date isn't exactly ideal.
If the date happens to go that way, it can be romantic—you can take your date's hand on a walk.
I wouldn't suggest someone go to Soul Cycle with me on a first date, but a walk is a nice halfway point." It's normal to get the jitters before a first date, but Langston cautions against preparing with a laundry list of questions.
"The early stages of dating are supposed to be pleasant and light, so avoid hammering your date with tons of questions," he says.
"But I don't think there's anything wrong with having more serious conversations.
You don't have to talk about your life goals, but feel free to discuss politics or values.