Tag Archives | Online Dating Etiquette

6 First Date Mistakes Any Successful Online Dater Doesn’t Make

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How important is the first date?

The short answer: big. 

Actually, the biggest.

Knowing what to do on a first date is key so the next logical topic to explore is what not to do.

First dates really are the most important ones because it can be the start of a beautiful romantic adventure or it can be so bad that it will leave you scarred and apprehensive about ever going out another first date again.

So, with that sobering thought in mind, what are some first date mistakes you should avoid doing?

Let’s take a look!

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Choosing a Gift for an Online Match: What You Need to Know

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Choosing a gift while online dating can be nerve-wracking to say the least.

Gifts are more than just ‘things’ — they are a physical expression of your relationship with someone. They allow you to express how a person makes you feel in a tangible form.

Depending on the choice of gift, the message can be clearly presented or the wrong message can be delivered completely. Choosing the right gift is very important to make the right impression.

In over a decade of experience and interaction in various online dating platforms, here are the top three most common mistakes that I have learned (the hard way).

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Should You Email an Unresponsive Match?

A stormtrooper with a love letter.

Anyone who’s dabbled in online dating has been in this position. You’ve found a good match — a box-ticker. They’re attractive, smart, funny, and they share your bizarre love of antique teacups. What’s more, when you message them they reply! Who knew online dating could be so easy?

You reply in earnest. But then there is an ominous silence. Hours pass; then days. Your initial excitement is replaced with disappointment. After all, there can only be so many great matches and this guy or girl certainly seemed to be one of them.

At this stage the temptation to message them again can be pretty strong, but you may be hesitant to do so at the risk of seeming desperate. The question therefore is, should you email an unresponsive match?

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Should You Kiss on the First Date?

Young couple kissing

Online dating can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience and the first kiss is certainly no exception — quite the opposite.

It is a key moment — will your match return the kiss or duck away? Even if your match does like you, is the time right?

That last question is perhaps most likely to cross your mind on the first date. As I have previously said, I think that the second date is the best time to kiss — if you’re not going to kiss by then, it’ll probably never happen. But what about beforehand — should you kiss on the first date?

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How to Reject Someone

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Rejection is rarely much fun for either party involved. It’s never nice to be on the receiving end and is awkward and unpleasant to dish out for most people.

However, it’s not really something you can avoid (nor should you). Continuing to engage with someone on a dating site with whom you have no intention of taking things further is a far more cruel thing to do than the rejection itself.

So with the above said, how should you reject someone on an online dating site?

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