3. Be Harry Potter and use an invisibility cloak.
Okay, they really don’t make invisibility cloaks (yet), but a lot of dating sites allow you to not be visible when you’re on their site. It’s in your account settings—use it! Sites that offer online chatting also offer a feature that lets you opt out of it, so you’re not only invisible, you won’t get that guy bugging you the moment you go online. You’ll stop being anxious when you check your inbox. Don’t let creepo boy prevent you from meeting someone cool.
4. Report them
Remember that if someone is making you feel uncomfortable or threatened, you have every right to report them to the dating site owner. They don’t want trolls or psychos on their site anymore than you do!
5. It’s all about you!
The best thing about online dating is that it’s all about you! You don’t need to apologize. You don’t owe anyone a reason for not being into them. You don’t need to justify the way you respond, or don’t respond, to online dating messages. Don’t let some guy guilt you into feigning interest or taking him on as a charity case. You’re online dating for a reason, right? I highly doubt that reason was to spend your time talking to guys you can’t stand. You don’t need to go online for that. Use your time online to respond and engage with guys you are interested in, and make the “delete” button your new best friend.
Elizabeth Marie is the social media manager for We Love Dates, a worldwide online dating site. When she’s not writing about all things dating on the We Love Dates blog, Liz can be found sweating it out at her favorite hot yoga studio or laying on her couch watching copious amounts of reality television. One of those things is not like the other.