The Rules: The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating

From Facebook friending a date to trash talking an ex online, we asked the experts for help navigating the technical difficulties of dating in the digital age (10 Photos)

Michele Laufik on May 11, 2012 at 11:46AM

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The Rules: The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating

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Don't Friend Your Date... Yet

Thanks to countless social networks and dating sites, Cupid’s arrow has been replaced by a wireless signal, bringing with it lots of new head-scratching predicaments. Are you ready to open this cyber can of worms? Netiquette expert Julie Spira, author of The Rules of Netiquette and The Perils of Cyber-Dating, recommends ignoring friend requests from potential suitors until after you’ve established exclusivity. “You won't want to be in his arms on Friday night, while he's posting photos with another woman on Saturday night,” cautions Spira. “Digital jealousy in the beginning of your relationship could actually destroy the possibilities of long-term love.” The dating experts from's "The Date Report" suggest treating a Facebook connection the same way you would a real-life relationship. "You've been on two or three dates with someone... Would now be the time to introduce this person to all of your friends? Your family? Maybe some exes? No way."

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