Do’s and Don’ts - Your Online Dating Rules

People who have used online dating sites say that it’sreal highly exciting and useful way of meeting and dating people. In addition, it also a safe way on finding your soul mate. On the other hand, even if an online dating is highly beneficial and safe, it would not be able to do much if you are not careful enough. Finding a match in this way needs not to be difficult but you have to know several online dating rules to follow.

Here are the following do’s and don’ts you may want to consider when joining an online site:

- Do upload your current picture
- Do learn the dating acronyms (e.g., MBA- Married but available, W- Widowed or White, DTE Down to earth, F2F Face to Face etc)
- Do, also, learn the lingo of dating profiles.
For instance:
o He describes himself as “cuddly.”
o Translation: chubby.

o He writes, “I’ve been told I’m very handsome.”
o Translation: by his mother.

o He’s “Executive Vice-President of Strategic Planning for a Major Corporation.”
o Translation: he’s self-employed in some cockamamie business, headquartered in his basement.

- Do read a lot of profile first, take time to do it
- Do trust your instinct. If you feel like a person you are interacting with is a fraud or the site itself is a scam, forget about it and go find another one.
- Do block a person if you feel not right
- Do chat a person a lot prior meet up, thus, you will get to know him better
- Do get his/ her real name and surname before you meet
- Do meet in a public place
- Do double dates in a meet up. Double dating with one of your friends can be a good idea in the beginning. Then you are not alone for the first date.
- Do know some sort of exit strategy
- Don’t naively assume that his photo is as up-to-date and accurate as yours
- DON’T get taken in by corny, overused come-on lines (for instance, “Looking to spoil the lady of my dreams with flowers and candlelit dinners.”)
- DON’T choose your dates based on photos
- DON”T publish or reveal your personal information such as your full names, email, contact number or any personal details
- DON’T provide your work or home address
- DON’T behave like a kid in a candy store full of online temptations. If you’ve met a nice, sincere guy, and you’re having a good time dating him, don’t fly to your computer the second you get home to flirt with a dozen new seductive suitors.

It seems that there are lots of online dating rules we have to consider. But remember that your safety is your top priority and most importantly comes first when joining an online dating.