Monday, November 17, 2014

Online Dating Etiquette

More and more people are becoming interested in online dating. It is one of the fastest growing services offered on the Internet.  As of 2014, the industry has reached a financial growth of $2 billion, according to Fiscal Times (Yoder, 2014).  Emerging as one of the major influences in building relationships, online dating has social manners different from “regular” or “traditional” dating customs. 

Conducting yourself properly while communicating online will earn you good friends and even the love of your life.  But what are these online dating manners?

• Honesty is important. Truthfully answer the questions asked by the site administrator when setting up your dating profile.  Don’t makeup things about yourself. What if you met a person online that could possibly lead into a relationship? They would surely learn about the things you’ve made up.

• Online dating allows you to connect with other people by sending emails.  The main problem is when nobody responds to those emails. Is it okay to send messages to several people at once?  YES, it is okay.  According to surveys, in every three to five messages sent, you will be assured of one response.  

• When sending replies, make sure that they are personalized and not a standard letter you send to everybody.  Even if you have too much on your plate, respond appropriately.  After all, you are dealing with people who have real emotions.

• Avoid asking personal questions, like employment or personal address, especially if it is the first time you have corresponded online. If someone persists in asking you about this information, you could always say that you do not share personal information with people you’ve just met.

• Don’t be pushy.  Let things take its natural course. In short, take it slowly.  Give your friendship enough time to develop.  Do not force or attempt to pressure someone into inviting you out.  If he likes you, he will ask you for a date.

• When meeting face to face, for the first time, follow the safety and security rules.  For example, meet in a public place.  To protect your privacy, it is better to drive yourself to the meeting place rather than picking up or dropping off your date.

• If you and your date feel that there seems to be no sparks, then it is okay to gradually stop communicating or fade away.  But if one party contacts the other, always acknowledge the person and explain that there seems to be something missing from the dates and say that you all are not a good match.  Always say thank you for the opportunity.

• If you are already dating someone you’ve met online, then take your dating profile down or hide it.  If your dating profile is viewable, there is a presumption that you are available and open to dating.  Respect the objective of the dating forum, when you become involved in a relationship, by not presenting yourself as available.

• Breaking up online is another issue. Online dating experts recommend that for those people who have only met the person once or twice, you could break up the relationship or dating through email or text.  However, if you have been going out on dates more than that, then you should talk face-to-face, if you are comfortable.  Otherwise, a phone call is sufficient to avoid any unnecessary confrontations. 

For more information for online dating tips, visit:


Yoder, S. (2014 Feb. 14). How online dating became a $2 billion industry. The Fiscal Times. Retrieved from:

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