While that’s a nice enough plot for a Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film, reality doesn’t work like that.If you sit around in anticipation of love, all you’ll get is a long wait. A smile or flirt is much more passive than an email. So, if you want to take some of the mystery out of online dating and are interested in making sense of online dating etiquette, write two emails a day to men who interest you. You say you’re proactive, yet you’re sending a passive ‘smile’ instead of an email. I wrote a post about the use of emoticons in communicating with your date. You’re letting him know he piqued your interest and you want to start a conversation. Is that enough to give him the message that you’re interested? It will make much more sense to you once you start an email exchange instead of a smiley face exchange. Here’s an example: “I really liked your profile…up until I saw your political affiliation. ” Or this one, which started with a negative, “Only one thing poses a problem. Nevertheless, if quality rules in your mind, the possibilities are substantial.” This guy is sabotaging the relationship by pointing out an age difference that might not even matter to you. I hope this helps give you a little more clarity about decoding online dating correspondence.
You should think of online dating etiquette as an unwritten set of rules, or code of conduct, for using a dating website.And that means that some rules which were seen as gospel truth are no longer relevant in today's dating environment.