16 Tips For Dating in The Digital Age
Authors of The Rules Dish Out the Advice
Once upon a time the telephone was the only technology that affected one’s dating life. Women asked, “Will he call or won’t he?” Today, singles have to contend with Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, email, text messages and much more. With so much technology at one’s disposal, it’s even easier for women looking for love to make a misstep. In their newest installment, “Not Your Mother’s Rules: The New Secrets for Dating,” released Tuesday, authors of the dating bible “The Rules” help 21st century women navigate the dating scene. Below are some of the tips Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider have given about dating in the digital age.
Don’t stalk your love interest’s Facebook page.
Don’t ask the man you’re dating about the people who were tagged with him in Facebook photos.
Do not send friend requests to your love interest’s family members. It will scare him.
Never text, email or send a man a friend request on Facebook first.
Wait at least four hours before answering a text from a man. The older you are, the longer you should wait.
Do not respond to texts, messages or phone calls from a man after midnight.
Do not write long emails to your love interest. Same goes with Skype, text and phone conversations. Don’t let these conversations go beyond 15 minutes.
Do not respond to texts on the weekends. Make yourself unavailable from Friday, 6 p.m., to Sunday, 6 p.m.
Never double text, meaning never send a man a second text before he’s replied to the first one you sent.
Always send shorter text messages than what the guy you’re dating has sent you. Sending longer texts will make you look desperate.
Wait a day or two to confirm a man’s Facebook friend request. Once you’re friends, never like his status updates or write on his wall.
De-friend exes or block them, even if they want to be friends. You should especially heed this advice if they dumped you.
Do not list your relationship status on Facebook.
Don’t make your profile photo the two of you until your boyfriend does.
Don’t constantly post status updates. Keep yourself mysterious.
Don’t drag out an online romance. You want to meet the man in person as soon as possible, within about four online exchanges.
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