If you’re involved in online dating, you may already know how effective it is when it comes to meeting like minded singles. Dating online is a wonderful way to meet prospective partners provided you know and abide by some unwritten etiquette rules.

Stick to these simple rules of conduct to get the most from your online dating experiences.

Rule 1: Be true to yourself

It may sound obvious, but honesty is crucial if you’re going to make a success of online dating. That means not posting photographs of yourself from five years ago and not embellishing your profile with half-truths about what you do for a living, how much you earn, how old you are etc. Lying will just get you into sticky situations further down the line, as anybody you start to spend a serious amount of time with, will eventually clock the discrepancies in your story. Don’t be afraid of being rejected for being yourself, a good degree of transparency is always in your best interest. After all, you don’t want to have to admit you weren’t telling the truth further into a relationship.

Rule 2: Take things at your own pace

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to meet-up after just one text. Take your time and get to know each other in the comfort of the online dating environment before taking your potential relationship offline. Exchanging a few messages to establish some common goals and interests will stand you in good stead for if and when you eventually meet, by providing some instant conversation topics.

Rule 3: Learn to handle rejection

One of the advantages of online dating is the sheer volume of potential matches. But this can also be a downside. With so many people to choose from, you need to be prepared for a few knock backs along the way. If you’re turned down or ignored by someone you had your eye on, don’t dwell on it. Put it behind you and move on.

Rule 4: Always be polite

It’s important not to lose your sense of decorum when interacting with others in an online dating environment. Keep things affable and avoid being too personal. Be respectful and polite in your responses even when turning someone down. Try to deal with your emails as quickly as possible. For example, if you know you’re going to be away for a while, drop those you’re in regular contact with a note to say you’re going away, but that you’re looking forward to chatting with them when you get back.

Rule 5: Don’t be demanding

Your online correspondence should be light and breezy, and you should allow time to ‘connect’ with that person before arranging the first date. There’s no need to be pushy when you’re trying to get hold of their phone numbers/address. Have faith that if they really like you, they’ll divulge them to you soon enough anyway.

Rule 6: Keep things positive

Online dating sites were created to emulate a warm, welcoming and friendly environment for you to meet fellow singles, as opposed to a bar full of unknowns. So, it follows that the key to enjoying a rewarding online dating experience all comes down to attitude. Be optimistic, give off a positive attitude and really enter into the whole experience with a hundred percent commitment; you’ll get a lot more out of your subscription and be well on your way to finding true love.

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