Don’t reveal private
information in your IM messages and emails. If you were at a club, you wouldn’t
just give out your home address to the first person that approaches you. If
your love interest asks to send you a gift or something through the mail,
consider getting a P.O. box address.
Do proofread your
profile. It doesn’t hurt to run your
profile text through spell-check. If your profile is riddled with spelling
errors and typo’s, it will turn people off.
Don’t post a profile photo
that hides your face. You want your
potential dates to see ‘you’ not your sunglasses. Also, make sure you smile in
Do create a separate email
for online dating.
Don’t give your full name.
For online safety, you may want to give your first name instead.
Do answer every email you
get from your potential online dates. It’s impolite to avoid responding to
Don’t bad mouth your Ex.
One thing that will turn off your potential love interest is if you rant and
rave about how horrible your Ex is. Make
sure you talk about something that is interesting and meaningful.
Do make hygiene a top
priority when meeting in person. Make sure you put your best foot forward by
wearing clean clothes, fresh breath, etc. Believe it or not, some people skip
this important step in online dating!
Don’t leave your personal
belongings unattended when you meet in person. When you leave your wallet or
purse unattended, you run the risk of
getting your personal information stolen.
Do listen. Make sure you
actually listen to what your online date is saying. There is nothing more
annoying than talking to a person who doesn’t listen.
Don’t give out your
banking information, credit card or social security number to anyone.
Do talk to your online
date by phone or video chat before meeting him/her in person. This will help
you to judge chemistry.
Don’t leave your drink
unattended. Make sure you keep your drink with you to avoid it being tampered