The shortest messages get the best response rate; the reply rate goes down as messages get longer.
You may have stopped checking your profile and messages, but has he? Breaking Up If your relationship fizzles after a few dates, it may be tempting to revert back to e-mail to end it. "Don't go down in history as the guy or girl who dumped someone over e-mail, especially when e-mails can be forwarded." Instead, apply the Golden Rule and treat others as you would want to be treated. Safety Taking safety precautions is always crucial, whether you're dating someone you met online or in person.
Until you've had a conversation about retiring your profiles, says Spira, assume that he is still dating other people. Never give out your home phone number or address until you get to know someone, and always choose a public place for your first date.
"I equate online dating to looking for a job," says Julie Spira, cyber-dating expert and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating.
"You'd want a rock star résumé for your perfect dream job, and you should feel the same way about your online dating profile." And the profile is just where it starts—we have plenty of expert tips, from sending the perfect first e-mail to picking your first date location.
It doesn't have to be provocative (and you most certainly do not have to have a perfect figure!
), but it gives the impression that you have nothing to hide; confidence is always attractive.
After that, have a phone conversation—trade cell phone numbers, never home numbers.
Or better yet, call him so that you won't have to give out your number at all.
If you show up and your date looks nothing like his photo––and this does happen––don't run screaming for the exit.