Do not post photos of family or friends (especially without permission). Don't dwell on your high school trip to Paris when you visited Barcelona two months ago. If available, use the dating site's instant messaging and email features instead of handing out your personal addresses. Beware of unexpected email attachments, especially those sent to a personal account (such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo). Remain on a first-name basis as long as possible, but learn his or her full name before the first date. Search for your date on Google and Facebook to get a feel for his or her personality and history. Compare his or her dating profile to what you find on Linked In and other social media sites. Do not be shy about ordering a background check on someone before meeting. If you tend to overshare, try to be vague about your activities and partner. Remember that sarcasm does not breach written text. Pay attention to what you read in someone's profile, and ask questions based on their interests. Meet in person after about the fourth emailnot too quickly, but not so drawn out that you become bored with each other. Always meet in public, whether it's the first or eighth date. Share a profile picture of your date with family and friends, or, if possible, discreetly snap a photo to share in case of emergency.
Refresh your profile with new pictures and life changes as they occur. Tell your date what you do, but don't reveal your office address or gossip about coworkers. Initially keep social media postings (such as status updates and photos) about potential mates to a minimum.
Online sparks do not always mean real-life fireworks. Avoid talking about your financial status, exes, or baby-crazy mindset until at least date number six. If you've hit a dry spell, refresh your account settingschange the distance you're willing to travel, update photos, and rethink your position on pets or a future familyto find new matches. Expand your horizons: Do not dismiss someone just because you don't immediately jibe with their personality, hobbies, location, etc. Be adventurous and date outside of your "usual type." 56.
Treat e-dating opportunities and relationships like any others: Just because you met online doesn't mean you shouldn't respect each other.
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