Online dating: who hasn’t done it, or knows someone who knows someone who met their husband/wife through the internet? Whether you’re seriously searching or casually browsing, there are definitely and obviously some “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to the world of online dating. Here are the non-negotiable, tried-and-true “how not to act while dating online” behaviors — have you encountered any of them?
1. Don’t be a weirdo. If you act creepy, your chances of a response are slim to none. And, even if you are trying to be funny, remember that translation of tone over email is tough.
“My only condition is every time we kiss you wear a wolf mask. Deal?” —Match, 44 (Gross! Isn’t there a site for “furries” anyway?)
2. Don’t be a pervert. We understand men are visual, and, yes, pictures should be posted on your profile. However, when browsing for a date, you can look, but you shouldn’t try to touch. And I believe most women would agree with me when I say that there is no need to comment in a lewd or crass way about what you see.
“Why have you removed your bikini picture :). Great Abs. I said myself “Jesus Christ” that was such a glorious creation….” —EHarmony, 33
3. Don’t be too upfront. Not everyone online is looking to just hook up. So, even if you are, at least be charming for the first couple of interactions.
“You’re cute and I want to do dirty things to your body. Anyway you seem like a pretty cool person, I’d love to get together sometime and let you cook for me” —OkCupid, 31
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