Dating has changed a lot since online dating became the most common way to meet people. And now the dating rules of etiquette have been updated too to reflect the changes in how people meet each other. Dating these days moves a lot faster and things that used to be considered rude to do on a date are now totally acceptable. Things like, not dressing up for a date, or arriving for a date in casual clothes, or arranging a quick date like going for coffee instead of a traditional dinner date. If you are jumping into online dating after not dating for a long time, here are three very helpful online dating etiquette tips that will make your in person meeting with your online date go a lot more smoothly:
Don’t Put Off Meeting
If you have exchanged messages on a dating site and then have moved to emails or texts, don’t drag out the “getting to know you” process. Make plans to meet that person quickly. You won’t know for sure if there is a connection or any real chemistry between you until you meet them, so your goal should be to meet that person as soon as you can. You can exchange around five emails before it’s time to meet in person and see if there’s any real potential there.
A good way to be sure that you want to meet in person is to try video chatting first. Every computer and smartphone has a camera so if the person tells you they don’t have one, you can be sure they’re probably hiding something. Everyone has a camera or has access to one these days. Video chatting isn’t quite as good as getting together in person, but it will give you the chance to be sure that the other person is who they say they are before meeting them. If you still find yourself doubting whether that person is telling the truth about themselves, you could always run a background check with kiwisearches.com to confirm their story. That way, you can be 100% sure that person is who they claim to be.
If You’re Not Feeling It Tell The Other Person
There’s nothing worse than going on a date and thinking it went well only to be ghosted. Ghosting is when someone just stops communicating with you without a word. You will know pretty shortly after you meet in real life if you want to pursue a relationship with the other person or not. And if you don’t, you should tell them politely that you don’t think there’s any chemistry between you or that it’s not a good match. Don’t be insulting or rude to that person but be clear that you don’t think the two of you are a match and then end the date and leave. And don’t just leave the other person wondering how you felt about the date or how you feel about them.
Don’t Live Tweet Or Live Stream Your Date
It should go without saying but you should never live tweet or live stream while on a date, even if the date is comically bad. While you’re on the date be polite and end it quickly if you are really having a bad time but don’t publicly mock the other person on social media as the date is going on.
Looking for more relationship/dating advice? Check out my previous article: Can An Online Dating Coach Really Help You Find Love?