Online dating: 3 handy tips for wheelchair users
How do I find a soulmate despite my spinal cord injury?
This is often a troubling question in the minds of wheelchair users. Not too worry though, it’s not all a difficult task. Due to your disability, your quest to find a potential partner could sound intimidating.
However, using online dating services can be helpful. The anonymity it provides means you don’t have to contend with a one-on-one situation head-on. This undoubtedly boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
Ready to roll? Here are 3 handy tips to keep in mind:
How do you feel when you discover you are being lied to? Exactly the way a potential partner will feel if they find out you lied to them. If a potential date can’t accept you for who you are, then he/she is not worth it to start with. You need to be open-minded and show that you comfortable with your disability. This not only increases your morale but makes other people feel the same way about you.
Your personality reflects who you are in the real world. But on the internet, your online dating profile reflects who you are. It is normal to encounter people who have difficulty seeing past your disability. However, it’s important to stay positive and not let such experiences influence you or your relationship with potential dates in the future. You could be turning some potential dates away by including remarks or comments that allude to previous bad dating experiences in your profile. Remain positive at all times and be open to new possibilities!
Don’t be shy or scared of letting people see you! Upload pictures of yourself in different settings and different postures. Avoid showing only selfies that were taken at home. It may give the impression that you are a negative person. Also, ensure that you smile in the photos.
If you have children, it’s always a good idea to let potential suitors know of such forehand. You can as well share photos of yourself and your pets if you have any.
To conclude, don’t let the idea of finding a date get too much into your head. Stay relaxed and be rest assured that there’s someone out there for you.