Yes, you’ve told the universe that you are open for love.However, that doesn’t mean that you’ve closed the door on continuing to love. Are you still engaging in the activities and practices that make you, ?You’ve selected your best looking photos—a couple of yourself, some of you engaged in your favorite interests and maybe even a couple of your adorable pet or niece/nephew just for good measure. Take some long, deep breaths and practice patience—with yourself and with others.

While online dating has become less of a taboo (thanks to the continuous rise of technology), there are still some skeptics who wonder how it could be better than meeting someone in real life.

What does online dating offer that events, sports, school, and setups through friends and family don’t?

And, if you haven’t mastered—or are practicing mastering self-love—this might be a good place to pause and focus more on before continuing online dating.

It’s amazing how a lack of self-love and authentic confidence can be revealed in between the written lines.

In the end, it may take some time for the process to start working, to hear back from some potential dates and to feel like this whole online dating thing works.

To survive this daunting, vulnerable, yet exciting process, it is vital to remove yourself from the end result.

Online dating can get a bad rap sometimes — we get it.

When it got started in the ’90s, it was often looked at as a desperate way to find a date or partner.

It would be ideal if there were an exact formula for what makes a profile and message appealing to those you are trying to connect with, but dating is not an exact science. Use them as a resource to help you understand why you might not be receiving return messages.