Observing Etiquette in Online Dating

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Quite recently, people simply just meet people via the internet on chat-rooms and online dating sites. It gives an alternative to plain in-person dating, quickly replacing the old ways. Relationships can happen anywhere, and even the virtual cyber-world is not an exception. Since the internet is open to all people from different countries, there’s a tendency to meet people of all races and cultures. However, one thing is for sure with online dating—you don’t need to leave your house and go some place elegant.

There are a few advantages involved with meeting people over the internet. People can definitely say anything and speak their mind to someone they don’t know yet, someone who may not have any means to chase them. There is no need to look after vanity. Many chat in their pajamas and even right after waking up with other chatters. They can also easily dump a persistent chat-mate without worrying about all the polite and kind words—they simply block them. However, online meet-ups bring other problems.

Developing manners whilst online

Online dating provides an opportunity to meet more people and make more friends—not necessarily lovers. Whether you’re looking for intimate partners or just simply looking around for people, you must observe some manners.

1. Be honest with the information you provide about you. In many dating sites, you’re required to fill out a profile form, which reveals facts about you—sex, age, birth date, country, work, and hobbies. You also need to upload pictures. Be real and don’t place an image of you when you were 25 if you’re 52. Don’t upload photos of your gorgeous friend or of someone else. This is cheating and you wouldn’t like to discover that someone is doing that to you. Be proud of yourself no matter your age or waistline.

2. Open up conversations in a positive way. Someone on the other side of the line may no longer want to engage in conversations with you if you keep lamenting about your woes at work or your family troubles. Unless you’ve known the person for quite a long time and you’ve been discussing some matters ever since, it’s not good to display negativities all the time.

3. Be cheerful, not wild. Be nice by greeting people you meet online. If you want some decency, you need to be decent as well. Start with some positive pleasantries or how glad you are about being home early. You get the idea.

4. Wear clothes especially if you’re turning your webcam on. Speaking about decency, you don’t want to sit in front of the cam in boxers or lingerie alone. While that could earn you more views, people could perceive you as cheap and trashy. Grace your image online and put decent clothes on.

5. No ranting and rambling. If you’re mad because someone hung up on you, leave them. Any of these reasons could be possible: they’re no longer interested in you, they encountered network problem or some computer glitch, or something really important came up. This leads to the next item.

6. Before you sign out or leave, inform the person with whom you’re engaging in conversation. It’s particularly rude to just go away and leave them wondering what you’re up to or what went wrong.

Online Dating Safety

Whether you’re a member of a straight dating or seniors dating site, you must ensure your safety online. First, ensure that you sift accessible data and set privacy options. Don’t give out much of your personal and financial details to a stranger you just met and make sure such data can’t be found easily on your profile. Also avoid uploading private photos on the web like nude pictures, which may easily spread on the web beyond your control.

…good luck,

Billy Baker

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