When it comes to online dating etiquette, it can be a bit of a minefield, the main thing to remember is to treat people how you'd like to be treated. It really is that simple. So let's take a look at some of the most common tricky situations and how to deal with them.
Someone's emailed, but I'm not interested. Should I ignore them? In the real world if someone approaches you in a bar, you've a great way to let them down gently: either by saying that you're already in a relationship or just happy being single. That's obvioulsy not going to work on a dating site! It's tempting to just ingore emails from someone who isn't your type, but it's kinder to reply and say something like they're out of your age range, live too far away or even, at a pinch, that you don't think you're compatible and wish them luck in their search! Should they reply and try to force the issue, then feel free to ignore!
How many people can I email or go on a date with? As many as you want! Ok so that needs a bit of a caveat. If you want to be fair and open, then it's probably best to subtly drop into the conversation that you're emailing and meeting up with other people. This is especially important when you've gone on more than one date with someone. You might be thinking you're a free agent, but they might be really keen and not dating anyone else. It'll prevent heartache if everyone knows where they stand - in a subtle way!
I went on a date with someone, but the spark wasn't there - what now? This might not be as tricky as you think. Generally, if the spark isn't there, then it's not there for either of you. The best plan is to drop them an email/text and say something like "it was great meeting up and although I thought we had a good time, I don't see a romantic future for us". Obviously feel free to paraphrase, just don't send a text like the one my friend got "Never going to work - bye". A bit too brutal.
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