Online Dating Etiquette: Emailing, Texting & Calling

If you are trying out online dating, there is a certain etiquette which you must live by if you want to succeed at it. This etiquette refers to calling or texting your date over the phone or simply emailing them. If you want to give off a good impression, you need to know how to act, what to say and what not to say. After all, you are not face-to-face with this person yet so the only way they’re going to know you is through calling, texting, and emailing. Your words must paint the perfect picture of you.

When emailing your online date for the first time, don’t give them a whole autobiography to read about your life. They are still in the search phase where they’re communicating with dozens of potential matches. You need to keep your initial emails brief and to the point. Be as specific as you can about who you are and what you’re looking for. You can also give a brief compliment about something you loved in their profile too, such as their photo. If they reply, do not wait too long to respond back. Otherwise, they may think you’re not interested in them. If they don’t reply, wait a couple of days and then send them one follow-up with a polite message in it. Lastly, check your spelling and grammar before you send any message to them. This shows them that you are genuine and not some scammer from a foreign country.

When you’re texting your online date, a lot of the same rules for emailing apply here. Check your grammar and spelling, and keep your initial messages brief. When they send you a text message, reply right away. Since it’s through a smartphone, they are going to expect your reply to be quick because most people carry their phones with them wherever they go. In addition, be respectful and don’t send nude photographs of yourself or anything like that. Most good women find that weird and disrespectful.

Finally, when you’ve reached the point to where you want to call your online date on the phone, you should arrange a special time to do this. Then you can both mentally prepare for the phone conversation and not have to talk at an inconvenient time. The last thing you’ll want to happen is having to deal with a barking dog or loud television coming from the other room. Lastly, try to set up a real-life date with the person so you can meet them in person. It is okay if you want to talk on the phone with them for a few weeks or few months before you do this. However, don’t wait too long to meet them or else they might think you’re not really serious about taking the relationship any further.