The anonymity of a screen can sometimes make people treat online dating like a game.
However, it’s important to take online communication as seriously as you would any other conversation.
Here’s our crash course on the DOs and DON’Ts of cyberdating.
DO post a recent photo, and write an honest description of yourself.
Use good manners, don’t be offensive or abusive, be clear if you don’t want to continue communicating with someone, and allow others to say ‘no’ without taking offence.
Unless you work in a totally male milieu – for instance, a urologists’s office, NASCAR race track, or beef ‘n’ ale house -- your quest to meet a man will take you to the Internet.
We accepted a date with a guy whose head shot looked perfectly human, even normal. For instance: DON’T get taken in by corny, overused come-on lines like, “Looking to spoil the lady of my dreams with flowers and candlelit dinners.” And beware of perfect strangers who promise to “snuggle with you in front of the fireplace” and “enjoy sunset strolls on the beach.” These guys have one thing on their minds. It’s all too easy to scroll through Internet profiles, selecting the Brad Pitt look-alikes and bypassing the rest.
The best rule of thumb is to treat everyone online with the same dignity and respect that you’d like to be treated with.Have a separate email address for online dating to help protect you from unwanted attention or persistent matches.Don’t feel pressured into giving out personal details like your surname, address or workplace until you’ve met someone in person and established a strong connection.Although you want your profile to be as attractive and enticing as possible, don’t embellish the truth too much.Using photos that were taken years ago, exaggerating your achievements, or lying about your age are all white lies that’ll quickly be uncovered when you meet someone face to face.