Dos and don39ts on internet dating

A good rule of thumb: if you aren’t available for a date within 7 days of sending the message, don’t send it.

Using a profile photo from Facebook is fine if you’re not worried about being completely anonymous, but be cautious about how many images you share.

The Internet provides a way to meet people who have interests similar to yours.

Some Internet dating sites prescreen individuals for compatibility.

Still, navigating the world of online dating can definitely be tricky—what kind of message is clever, but not creepy?

What the hell are you supposed to say about yourself in your profile? [pagebreak] OUT-OF-TOWN AND OUT OF TOUCH The scenario: “A guy sent me a message saying that he wanted to meet up for a drink, but when I asked when he was free, he said he was ‘going out of town’ for the next two weeks and that we should schedule something after.” — Andrea, 31 The problem..the solution: If you tell a girl you’re “going out of town,” she’s going to assume you’re busy dating other women.