Running Into People From Dating Sites

Thu, Jun 3, 2010


With the amount of people dating online these days, most taboos associated with it are no longer an issue. Almost no one is ashamed to say they date online anymore, but new social challenges have emerged as the industry has expanded. The likelihood of running into someone you recognize from an online dating site is a lot higher now. Depending on what your online history with the person is, the potential for an uncomfortable situation exists. Try to remember what interactions, if any, you have had with the person and you can be prepared to handle an awkward situation.

If you have not had any online contact with the person or maybe just looked at their profile, then you have a lot of leeway in your approach. If you are interested in meeting, it can be a good ice breaker to joke around about and start a conversation. On the other hand, there is no history there so it would be fine to ignore the person if you are not interested in meeting.

What if one of you has contacted the other with a poke or message online? This is where things can get tricky. If there was no response to the outreach, the person who was rejected might feel uneasy about interacting and might avoid the situation altogether. The one who did not respond has a second chance to reassess their interest in the other, and smooth things over if they like what they see. The best case is if mutual contact has already began online, and a natural continuation of that can happen in person. It is like a mini test-date.

It really is hard to avoid seeing people from online these days. When it involves a dating site, it could really help you to think through some situations and have a rough idea of what you want to do in case it comes up. That way you will be ready for anything.

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