Etiquette for online dating

If, for example, a man who has a moustache gets in touch with a woman who says she doesn’t like beards, he needs to play things carefully!

Generally, putting things in writing demands greater care than spoken communication - and the speed and ease of email can be both seductive and deceptive.

Mark (29) tells us that: “On several occasions I found that email correspondences which were going really well were suddenly brought to an end by the woman in question …” Remember that the person on the other end of your emails is not some kind of virtual being …

That being said, 40% were in favour of splitting the bill.

Would you manage a plate of snails with more panache than Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?

Those aren’t questions you need to wrack your brains over, but when you’re online dating, little points of etiquette really can make a difference.

And if the other person absolutely insists on paying, don’t engage in a prolonged and heated discussion about it.

It’s polite to put up initial resistance, but after that you should go with the flow.

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