What the hell are you supposed to say about yourself in your profile? [pagebreak] OUT-OF-TOWN AND OUT OF TOUCH The scenario: “A guy sent me a message saying that he wanted to meet up for a drink, but when I asked when he was free, he said he was ‘going out of town’ for the next two weeks and that we should schedule something after.” — Andrea, 31 The problem..the solution: If you tell a girl you’re “going out of town,” she’s going to assume you’re busy dating other women.By the time your date comes around, she’ll already have lost interest or have found someone more attentive.For people who are dabbling in the virtual dating world, I’ve compiled a list of tips to help out in as many ways as I can. What works for one may not work for another, so experiment and find out what works best for you.Etiquette | Texting & Messaging | Safety Growing up, my mother used to teach etiquette classes, so I grew up knowing which fork to use when, how to be chivalrous, and how best to communicate your ideas.We accepted a date with a guy whose head shot looked perfectly human, even normal. For instance: DON’T get taken in by corny, overused come-on lines like, “Looking to spoil the lady of my dreams with flowers and candlelit dinners.” And beware of perfect strangers who promise to “snuggle with you in front of the fireplace” and “enjoy sunset strolls on the beach.” These guys have one thing on their minds. It’s all too easy to scroll through Internet profiles, selecting the Brad Pitt look-alikes and bypassing the rest.There are countless articles out there designed to teach people about the online dating rules.But, here's the thing: as online dating changes, so do the rules.And that means that some rules which were seen as gospel truth are no longer relevant in today's dating environment.
DON’T naively assume that his photo is as up-to-date and accurate as yours.
Here’s our crash course on the DOs and DON’Ts of cyberdating.
DO post a recent photo, and write an honest description of yourself.
Women are easily scared away online, so you should avoid saying anything remotely controversial or predatory.
Unless you work in a totally male milieu – for instance, a urologists’s office, NASCAR race track, or beef ‘n’ ale house -- your quest to meet a man will take you to the Internet.
If you really are going away, wait until you get back to ask her out.