The Good Old-Fashioned Way
A lonely-hearts-ad also known as “Personal” is an ad in a print publication or in the classifieds section on the internet with the result of finding a partner. The displayed text should describe one’s favorable characteristics to attract the reader. It is recommended that personals contain witty language to show others a sense of humor. Some dating sites even allow to publish a personal video, which can be easily taped with a web cam.
The chances of finding a partner through a personal are very high. You can even mention qualities that you are looking for in a partner, so you will only get replies from people who meet your search criteria. But you can only find out if this person is your perfect match when actually having dated him/her.
It is very important that you refrain from sharing any personal contact details such as phone number or address. For a personal ad in a magazine you usually obtain a classifieds ad number. On a dating site you can keep in touch via email, instant message or personal message.
In addition to a personal ad you can also create an ad if you are simply looking for friendship. Friendship personals are primarily published by people who have difficulty to find new friends in everyday life and are still looking for a best friend. Among those seeking friendship you tend to find people who have extraordinary hobbies.