Ethics in online dating

• Respond in a timely manner, just as you would to a phone call or an email from someone you know. • If you are interested in seeing the other person again, let him or her know so you can arrange to meet again.• Start with a friendly greeting and end with a friendly goodbye. • If you make a date, arrange to meet in a public place and arrive and leave separately. If the other person doesn't respond in kind, move on.In the absence of any set guidelines as to how to handle things, we could do worse than fall back on the old maxim of “do as you would be done by”.By showing others the same level of integrity we’d like them to show to us, we can at least keep a clear conscience – and of course, there’s always the hope that they will return the favor.

The internet may well be awash with cyber liars – but deception is a bad starting point for any kind of relationship.

Quite apart from the risk of appearing deceitful, it’s hard not to look extremely silly when we’re eventually found out.

The problem with any sort of untruthfulness is that maintaining it is very hard work!

The odds are you're going to get caught and it's not a particularly good idea to start a relationship off on the wrong foot.

It will only prompt a potential partner to wonder: What else has he/she lied about? Don't look for a fight: Some clients have received mean responses from people they've politely solicited.

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