If you would like to take over the bill, then let the other person know beforehand, so that he or she can either suggest otherwise or just enjoy the treat.
Whatever the case, the man should budget for two people, just in case the woman is working on the assumption that she won’t by paying; this will help to avoid embarrassment.
Would you manage a plate of snails with more panache than Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?
Those aren’t questions you need to wrack your brains over, but when you’re online dating, little points of etiquette really can make a difference.
Always read through your messages before you send them - keep an eye out for slips of spelling and grammar and make sure that what you have written reflects what you really want to say.
It’s also important to strike the right tone: you don’t want to sound formal or cold, but, equally, you want to sound relaxed rather than over-familiar.
Mark (29) tells us that: “On several occasions I found that email correspondences which were going really well were suddenly brought to an end by the woman in question …” Remember that the person on the other end of your emails is not some kind of virtual being …
It can be too easy simply to disappear into Internet anonymity or to behave in a way that wouldn’t be acceptable in ‘real life’.
As a woman, if the man doesn’t suggest treating you, don’t take it amiss: he might be concerned that you don’t like the idea of conventional roles or that you might think he will automatically expect something in return.
Online dating might have finally driven me to the brink of insanity.
Instead of being happily drunk on love, I am drunk on the fatigue of texting.
If, for example, a man who has a moustache gets in touch with a woman who says she doesn’t like beards, he needs to play things carefully!
Generally, putting things in writing demands greater care than spoken communication - and the speed and ease of email can be both seductive and deceptive.