What is Internet Dating Etiquette?
Internet dating is on the rise with well over 1,000 dating sites available online. Confusions about Internet dating etiquette have arisen, since this form of dating has gained in popularity. There are some definite Internet dating etiquette guidelines, which can help one navigate this new experience of trying to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. Most importantly, one should be concerned with personal safety. Be certain to date a person several times online prior to exchanging information like phone numbers or before setting up a plan to meet. When one does set up a meeting plan, arrange to meet the person in a public place, preferably in broad daylight. If there is anything about the prospective date that makes you uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to cancel or rearrange. Just as in face-to-face dating, honesty is important. Internet dating etiquette suggests being truthful about what one looks like, actual interests, and actual age. Don’t post a picture that is twenty years old, where you are fifty
One is not obligated to reply to a person requesting a date with which one has not had previous contact. Failure to reply should be taken as a definite negative on the possibility of an Internet date. Some people set up a form letter thanking people for their interest and politely declining a date. This is definitely good Internet dating etiquette, and may be applied. However it is not necessary to do this, as most people now recognize they have received a form letter refusal. It is perfectly acceptable in Internet dating etiquette for either a man or woman to initiate a request for a date. In fact women are encouraged to initiate requests. However, anyone requesting a date should not take a failure to reply as an insult. The person may have many demands on their time, or they may have already found someone on whom to focus their attention. If a person expresses no interest in dating you, move on. Just as in more traditional dating, Internet dating etiquette requires you to meet commit