A considerate “no” is preferable to a thumb-twiddling non-response that leaves the other person feeling they must have done something wrong.
Do: meet up in person ASAP A potential pitfall of dating online is that people can get lulled into a passive email exchange that lasts for months rather than actually pursuing a date.
Accept that dating online will involve some chasing.
If you find someone who catches your eye, send an icebreaker or a friendly email.
Never tell anyone personally identifying information like your bank account number.
And don’t meet a complete stranger at a remote location by yourself. If someone seems too good to be true in email, that person probably is.
When replying to a match via email, use two-to-three-sentence responses.
You’ll come across as condescending and judgmental. Don’t pretend to have a better job than you do, or that you’re more prepared for long-term commitment than you currently are. Be concise, clear, and watch out for typos and grammatical errors. Related to #6: Don’t be too vague or use too many clichéd phrases. Be careful to screen your photos, too: Don’t upload a pic of yourself in front of your new home, for example. Don’t list the qualities you believe you “deserve.” Instead, focus on what you have to offer. If you can’t put the time into filling out a simple dating profile, why would anyone assume you’d put the time investing into getting to know them? My friends could better answer this for you.” Good luck!
And if there’s nothing between you, you’ve only lost a small amount of time and a few pounds from your wallet.
Don’t: endanger your safety Your safety should be your top priority when it comes to dating, especially online dating.
Share enough to excite and intrigue your potential match, while leaving them wanting more.
Follow this rule of thumb: keep profile answers concise and fun.
This will halt any tendency towards verbal diarrhea and keep your match on their toes.