There is nothing more romantic than online dating these days, be it the apps built to help find love and to nurture it through all-night communication, or to document your relationship and share it through those thousand shards on the internet.

In today’s world, online dating is much more common than meeting someone in person casually, like in a group or at a bar. This is the new hangout as many people now prefer the convenience of examine online profiles rather than standing in a noisy environment to meet potential partners, and we have seen many love stories flourishing with the help of social dating apps but when it comes to online dating rules, they can be a little different than the conventional ones.

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To be in love today, what you require is a good Wi-Fi connection and then the stories about how the two of you actually met will usually start with, ‘She swiped right’ or ‘He sent me a friend request’, but as we said earlier, even in these days of modern romance, where anything and everything seems easy-peasy, there are some rules to follow.

So, what do you do? How do you ensure that the virtual world, and your life inside it, don’t end up destroying your real world? Here are 5 golden rules that one should follow when it comes to online dating.

1. Don’t Be Greedy On Dating Apps

When it comes to online dating apps, there exists one for every occasion or every type of situation. But just like too many cooks spoil the dish, being on too many apps can also spoil your fun in the long run.

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While you will be to try your luck on all these apps, we recommend you to stick to just one or two at a time. You will get better acquainted with the process and the chances of finding a good match improve when you’re not getting distracted by the multiple notifications going off.

Plus, you don’t want to be the jerk who is active on every single dating app and trust us, this is a warning sign for women.

2. Do Not Post Everything Online

So, one of your dates worked out great and now you’re officially a cozy couple. Good for you and her, but that’s it. No one other than the two of you are ready to invest in your love life and that is how things work.

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Gushing posts on social media about your new partner and posting over the top couple selfies as proclamations of love makes you look like a desperate loner and you should try to ­keep it between the both of you.

There’s no need to post every second of every minute of your relationship online. Also, just because your partner is online, that doesn’t mean you can contact via every social medium. Keep it cool and let her enjoy her own space.

3. No Cheating

Cheating on your partner is never advised irrespective of the condition or scenarios, however, when it comes to online dating, it’s another ball game altogether.

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With so many platforms readily available to access old flames and ex-lovers, the temptation, as well as means to cheat, are literally at your fingertips. But, the truth is, affairs only happen if you let them. Even though an ex may try to get in touch with you, but it’s up to you whether you accept their friend request or not and take the connection further.

You need to be wary of blasts from your past because often, their intention might not as innocent as remembering the old days and just checking out your photos.

To be true, the first step is always yours and it always has been, just make sure it’s going in a direction you’re happy with.

4. Do Not End It On Social Media

So what if you met online, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to end it there, as well. These days relationships have become seemingly disposable and with everything posted online, one may think that it’s the norm to clear the air in public, but it’s not the right thing to do.

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Public shaming, snide tweets, followed by an online volley of insults is not the nicest way to behave if things go wrong between you and your partner. Just Remember, what you post online, stays there and can come back to haunt you. Therefore, always keep your cool and class intact, while staying away from your ego to hurt yourself.

5. Don’t Lose Heart

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You may be inspired and follow all of these rules but that, in any way, doesn’t mean that everyone else in online dating will and you might end up having a bad experience or two. Don’t let this put you off online dating because sometimes we get hurt as we invested way too much too soon, which results in bearing our heart to a person who we didn’t really know. However, not everybody is of the same breed and there is a lot to explore in online dating. It doesn’t matter if you have failed miserably but once you find that some special, it will all be worth it.

So, there were the five online dating rules that you should follow to make this journey of finding that special someone peaceful, leaving nothing behind to regret about.

Rohan Jaitly
21 August 2017

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