Early courtship communications by text, email and phone should be used solely to set up dates and express enthusiasm for those dates - NOT to discuss your recently dead goldfish. Personal stuff should be shared in person.
Once you know you want to meet, make the date happen STAT. Online they might be pixel-perfect but things might feel quite different live and uncut.
Take all information at face value. Do Not spin wild tales or build castles in the sky. Respond directly to the words that are written.
Refrain from snap judgements. He’s not a douche just because he used an emoticon.
Respond according to your upright standards of clear and kind communication. Do not get subtly dickish because you think you’re picking up on bitchiness.
Do not fake aloofness or leave someone waiting unnecessarily in hopes that they will think you are special or in high demand. That’s just lame.
Communicate at a time when you think they will be able to communicate back. No sneaky texting out of uncertainty about a response.
If he or she is totally unresponsive, or backs out, no stress. You did your part. You were clear, honest and upfront. Don’t wallow in rejection. It ain’t personal.
Once you’ve arrived for your date, be completely present, experience the other person wholeheartedly. Tuck your phone into a dark corner of your purse and find out if love might actually be in the air.
Basically, text unto others as you would have texted unto you!
Absolutely vital - DO NOT CYBER STALK YOUR DATES. Really. No Googling. No Insta-ing. Not even FB.