How to Text in Online Dating

a woman reading a message on her mobile

Online dating is without a doubt the next big thing in the world of dating, and there are quite a few things that make it so popular. You should be capable of expressing yourself without weighing in the tension and pressure that's imposed by face-to-face communication. In fact, this is one of the major advantages of online dating - the freedom of expressing yourself. However, there are certain things that you might want to take into consideration when you are casually chatting with someone, and you haven't yet gone out on a real life date. Let's take a look at what we mean.

Reference the Profile

Online dating sites are usually built around personal profiles. With this in mind, it's always a good idea to let the person you are chatting with know that you've taken the time to go through his or her profile. This is going to show them that you are interested in more than just chatting him or her up. Casually referencing something that you've noticed in the profile is the best way to do so without being an imposition.

Take Light Use of Emoticons

Transferring emotion over chat is one of the hardest things that you might have to do. Luckily for you, there are emoticons that are capable of providing you with a helping hand. Of course, you have to keep it light in order to maintain an abstract seriousness and prevent appearing like a child. Emoticons are fun, sure, but they are not meant to be constantly used. Give them the smiley face when you feel amused but that's it.

Steer the Conversation towards an Actual Date

That's why you are here for. You don't want to keep on chatting with a woman; you want to go out with her, buy her a dinner, have a drink or two and have fun. That's the general concept of dating, and that's what you should be steering the conversation towards. Avoid sounding too flirty over the chat as it's likely to come across rather wrong. However, make sure that you don't fall within the deadly friend-zone. Push the conversation gradually towards a real date but make sure to do so subtly without being an imposition.

Set Your Date

Once you've managed to get yourself an actual date, you have to set it up properly. Don't feel like you have to suffer through something to impress the person in front of you. Make sure to avoid looking desperate. You are entitled to an opinion, and you should set up the date for a time which is convenient for both of you. With that in mind, if she offers a date that's not appropriate for you, don't be afraid to tell her. Go ahead and show a little character - that's what women love.

In any case, online dating conversations could be a bit challenging, but there are tons of things you could do to get through the initial awkwardness.