Protect your privacy Having a separate email address for your online dating account can help to protect you from unwanted attention or matches who simply won’t take no for an answer.Don’t feel pressured into giving out personal details like your surname, address or workplace before you’ve met someone in person and established a strong connection.
You will then be starting communication with enthusiasm and excitement rather than half-heartedly.
Take it on the chin If you’re rejected by someone at any stage in the dating process try not to take it to heart.
It’s not usually personal (a match probably won’t have known you long enough to know the ‘real’ you).
Sometimes hiding behind the anonymity that a computer screen provides can make people treat online dating as though it’s a game.
It’s important to take it as seriously as you would any other social interaction and remember that your behaviour online can have real consequences in people’s lives.
Here are some simple guidelines: Be honest about your situation and intentions Are you unattached and serious about looking for a relationship or are you simply looking for a diversion from your marriage, job or life?
You may think flirting online is a harmless, pleasant distraction but you could seriously hurt and mislead someone if they waste time with you when they could have been communicating with someone genuine.
Using photographs that were taken many years ago; exaggerating your achievements; lying about your age or omitting information like the fact you have children are all white lies which will be uncovered when you meet someone face to face.
The fact you have misled them could ruin whatever chance there was for a connection between you.
Select carefully Don’t show an interest in matches who you really aren’t interested in.
Instead wait for matches who instantly make you curious to find out more.