• Engage in cyber dating only if you are seriously searching for a partner. • There are many online dating agencies, and many allow a limited free-trial period. Also, it can't hurt to check out their dating policies. Be honest from the get-go, or you will be wasting your time with unsuitable candidates.• To prevent email abuse, establish a separate email address for online dating. • Post recent photos, not ones that are 20 years old.It’s also a good idea of avoid projecting into the future and saying things like “We could do this together …”, and when it comes to the sign-off, ‘Yours sincerely’ is obviously out of place, but ‘Love and kisses’ can seem a bit premature.‘All the best’, or maybe something like ‘Cheers’ is probably closest to the right sort of tone.Well, it’s worth making an effort to be on time and to have the other person’s mobile number - and the number of the place you’re meeting at (if it’s a bar or restaurant), just in case you get lost or stuck in traffic.Certain topics of discussion should be out of bounds - your ex, your weight, your illnesses, your losses on the stock exchange … And avoid making comments that could be taken amiss …”Your hair looked much blonder in your photo,” or “You don’t really mean to say you believe in astrology, do you?And when the two of you say good-bye to each other, read the signals carefully: if you are unsure what’s going on - and if you want to, of course - you can ask the other person if a parting kiss is in order.Again, neither of you should read anything into this social gesture.
It can be too easy simply to disappear into Internet anonymity or to behave in a way that wouldn’t be acceptable in ‘real life’.
Perhaps surprisingly, in a survey of Parship members about 30% of respondents thought the man should pay.
That being said, 40% were in favour of splitting the bill.
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.