Internet Dating Etiquette
~Put Your Best Self Forward, Safely~
Internet dating etiquette is vital
putting yourself out there in the online dating world. Putting your
best self forward will allow
you to be confident as you navigate your way through this arena.
has brought many people together that would never
have met otherwise. It is a powerful medium that allows
you to interact
with so many people throughout the world. You will meet people who
share your same interests and some who are completely
of the most important aspects of Internet dating etiquette is safety.
After safety, it is honestly describing who you are and what you are
looking for. Following a few simple guidelines will help you in both
Online Dating Safety
Keep your identity safe
world of computers, your identity is out there. Taking precautions with
your personal information while dating over the Internet will ensure
- Do not give
out your first and last name initially.
As you progress in some of your relationships, you may feel comfortable
enough to reveal this information. Wait until that time.
- Avoid sharing
your home phone number and address.
This makes it too easy for you to be tracked, as well as unknowingly
giving access to your financial information. Again, wait until a
trusting relationship has been established.
- Once the relationship has been established, use a cell phone, Skype or
another phone service to speak directly to your 'date'.
Again it is a way to keep you and your personal information safe.
- Create an email account specifically for this purpose. This
will help you remain anonymous. Free
email accounts are fantastic for this.
- Be sure to use paid
services. Free services are an invitation to those types of people who
have no business in the online dating world, whether they be married,
criminals or just plain creepy. This is not a definite safeguard, but
it is another layer.
- Meet in a
public place for your first few face-to-face encounters.
Make sure that your family and friends know where you are going to be,
when you are going to be there, how long you are planning on staying
and if you change locations.
- Last but not least, trust
your instincts! They are there for a reason. If something
doesn't feel right, IT
ISN'T. Get out of any chats, dates or areas that you are feeling
uncomfortable with. It is not okay to justify a person's actions,
because you really don't know them.
Other than a picture, people will know you by the words you use to
yourself. Online dating etiquette is shown when
you are honest with
your picture and words
. Make sure to use a catchy
headline, as that is what they see first-after your picture.
Your picture should be of
the real you
. Glamor shots can do so much to enhance the
way you look, however they do not show what you really look like. Be
who you are in your picture. Smile (this is good Internet dating
Use good dating
when you describe yourself and your interests
. Make sure
that you include the things that you enjoy doing and things that you
would like to try. Use classy language, never profanities. Do not over
exaggerate things that you have done to make yourself look better.
Living in the truth will make you so much happier.
Internet dating etiquette will have you be honest about your age
However, it is good to avoid topics that are highly controversial, such
as politics, past relationships...etc. These always blow up in your
When you have found someone that you are interested in, be sure to take notice of their
interests and hobbies
. It is easier to have a good
conversation when you mention one of these things. It shows good dating
etiquette internet style when you have taken the time to know what they
As you are 'on a date' be sure to keep the conversation light. Be
informative, but be careful not to reveal too much about yourself.
However, if you feel that the date is not going so well, as some dates
tend to do, it is okay to politely
end the date
. You are not showing bad Internet dating
etiquette by doing so.
What if you have sent a message informing someone that you are
interested? If they reply that is great, cautiously move forward. If
they do not reply, simply
. It is not the end of the world... There are
plenty more fish in the sea.
What if someone has sent you a message and you have no interest
whatsoever in them? This is when you use your e-mail etiquette and politely
tell them that you do not think that you are compatible
and you wish them all the best. Quite simple really.
If you are on a date and the person you are with begins to harass you
or becomes abusive on any level, "leave
. It is not good Internet dating etiquette and
you do not have to sit there and 'listen' to profanity or unwelcome
suggestions. These people are not top dwellers and not worth your time.
Last but not least, if you feel like a person is hiding something, THEY ARE
unfortunate thing about the online world is the ease of hiding things
like husbands/wives, criminal records and so forth. Avoid these people.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day. She was telling me of
a guy she met online that she was going alone to meet in another state.
I asked her about him and she said that once you get past his creepy
story he is a good guy. There were many red flags that went off in my
head..."creepy story" "another state" " going alone"... Use your head and STAY SAFE.
Online dating etiquette is here for you to enjoy yourself while
navigating through a literal sea of potential mates. It is a way for
you to get the most out of your profile. Staying safe is the key to
making the most of it.