Dating and seduction for dummies
Remember that your online date is a stranger, even if you have chatted with the person for so long.
Don’t stay online too long before the meet-up – Studies show that looking at a computer screen gives you a false sense of intimacy, which in effect loses your sense of inhibition.
Joy Browne addresses those complexities in Dating for Dummies. How do you present yourself in the most favorable light? (One interesting story Browne tells is of a couple who negotiated a weekend together, deciding whether or not they'd have sex, and under what conditions they'd consider marriage and children--all before their first date.) And how do you proceed from there?
Post an appropriate photo – Although putting up a picture of you is not a requirement in dating sites, the number of responses to your personal ad increases significantly if you do so.
In this case, use a fairly recent picture (up to a month old will do), guys should avoid shirtless photos, and ladies should not appear too sexy in the picture (to avoid sending a wrong message), Check your grammar thoroughly – Look for errors in grammar, spelling, and even punctuation. You do not want to appear stupid with a poorly-written paragraph.
When you're dealing with the Internet, you don't need the resources that you might need in an interpersonal relationship, or face-to-face.
But on the Internet all you need really is to be very skillful at presenting yourself as something that you aren't.