14 Important Dos and Don’ts of Online Dating
Try how much ever you can, you can never escape the charms of online editing. Given the hectic lifestyle of today, where people juggle between establishing a balance between work and personal life, one more than often turn towards the worldwide web in order to satisfy their quest for love. We have people all around us who found their soulmate online. Yet, there are many who were fooled and taken advantage of.
While you should give online dating a try, there are a certain set of rules you ought to abide by.
- Do: Meet in a public place
Meeting a stranger, no matter how well you know of their online personality, is always safe when done at a public place. The reason behind this is that in a public place, you are safer. Even if your date turns out to be a psychopath, there is lesser chance of him attacking you in public! [ Read: Love online! ]
- Don’t: Chat online for months before meeting
Accept it, we are different personality online than we really are. When meeting a person, you judge them based on their looks, body language as well as their whole personality. Online you don’t experience all this. Hence, it is better to avoid chatting a lot and form an image in your mind.
- Do: Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
The person, your online friend, is still a stranger. In all possibility, that person could be a 60 year old man or a psychopath killer. Just saying! However, it is prudent to keep your family and friends informed on where you are going and for how long you will be there. [ Read: Simple Dating Tips That Will Actually Work For You ]
- Don’t: Agree to go to a guy or girl’s home on the first date
As an echo to the very first point, do not ever agree to meet a person for the first time at their home. Going to a stranger’s home is like inviting trouble on yourself. Why meet the person at a place where they have advantage over you?
- Do: Use your own transportation
No matter how convenient it might be to get picked by your online date, always use your own transportation so that you can leave as and when you like! This prospect is much better than being dependent on a date you might end up not liking. [ Read: 10 Exciting Ways To Find Missed Connection ]
- Don’t: Send indecent pictures before meeting
So you are very comfortable around your online friend. You can chat and share endlessly. But how can you be sure that the other person is genuine enough? Especially, even when you haven’t met them? Reserve your excitement for later, after you have formed a better and more confident relationship and comfort level.
- Do: Bring money
What if your date bails out on you? What if they leave you by yourself? What if this happens when it’s almost midnight? How will you go back home? Always, always, always carry cash with you. Even if you are a woman, you might need to pay a part of the food bill! [ Read: Marriage versus Moneya ]
- Don’t: Bring friends, family members, or pets to a date
It’s a date! It’s meant to be between two people. It’s not a picnic where you invite everyone to have a party! Why would you even think of getting your friend, family or pet to a date? Apart from being downright rude, it also puts the other person in an uncomfortable spot.
- Do: Pay attention to hygiene
While it may sound like a stupid enough point, it is very valid. The biggest turn off is a date turning out to be unpleasant. When you are meeting someone for the first time, it is important to leave an impression on them. Shave, wear a cologne, dress up and do your hair. Make an effort to look good for your date. [ Read: 13 Things That Emasculates Your Man ]
- Don’t: Be late
Don’t make your date wait on you, while you arrive fashionably late! Be punctual and even if you are running late, inform your date beforehand and apologise. Good manners go a long way in forming a good impression.
- Do: Be polite
Date or not, being polite is good always. It reflects the kind of person you are and speaks oodles about your personality and attitude. Be polite to your date and bowl them over with your manners. [ Read: 15 Things to Consider Before Moving in with Your Boyfriend! ]
- Don’t: Wear revealing clothing
When I say dress up for your date, it does not mean that you dress little and show more of your skin. Neither does that mean you dress very conservatively. Just dress properly without being overly provocative.
- Do: Thank your date for a good time
Your date made an effort to be with you and keep you entertained. Don’t they deserve a thank you? Thank them for their time and their effort. This will open channels for another date, and more others. [ Read: Why Saying, “I Love You” Too Soon Is Not A Good Idea ]
- Don’t: Barrage your date with messages afterward
After your date is over and you are one your way back, I know your mind is brimming with many questions about what the other person is thinking about you. However, do not barge your date with multiple questions already. Giving space is one of the most important factors of a relationship.
Follow these tips and have a great date!