When to call dating etiquette
The rules above aren’t necessarily rules, per se, and they’re not supposed to take the fun out of online dating.
But they are something good to keep in mind when you’re trying to put your best foot forward.
It seems obvious, but it needs to be said: Your attention should be on the person you’re talking to, not the movie you’re watching, the dishes that need doing, or anything else. Plus, repeating yourself or asking someone else to will prevent things from flowing.
If you’re busy, ask if you can call them back, or set up a call when you know you’ll be in a quiet space and can really dedicate yourself to the conversation.
Not only do you get to hear their tone, but it’s also easier to go back and forth with little quips and jokes.
Before you call an online match, you should ask them if it’s OK to do so.
Talking on the phone almost feels like a foreign activity — people tend to assume the worse when someone calls them (“Oh my God, what happened to Grandma?!
”) However, in dating, it’s a good way to take the communication a step further.
This is when you can give them your preferred times as well.
Usually, setting up the date within a week or two of the first online meeting is the way to go.
Online dating may not be as serious as running a country, but it’s still important to practice good manners.
On the flip side, you don’t want to send a series of one- or two-word texts all within a short amount of time. Remember you can’t control what they do, but you can control what you do.
And setting the example is what you should be doing.