There’s no need to take your profile down, however, until you want to see this person exclusively.
Dating sites expect a 37 percent hike in activity on Tuesday as staff return to work following the festive fun.
But with app users scrolling through 43 profiles each, how can savvy singletons stand out from the dating crowd?
“The nice thing about starting by email is that you can end by email,” says Lasky.
That way, you can craft exactly what you’d like to say, and the person on the receiving end can absorb the news in private, which is often preferable during the early stages of dating.
If that option doesn't interest you, consider weighing how much effort went into the email you received: If the writer just sent one line, no need to respond. If you are on the receiving end of too much nosiness, you can always just say “I make a policy of not telling people that until I get to know them better”—that way the person won’t take it personally.
However, if you got a three-page personal and heartfelt letter, a nice “no thank you” may well be the polite thing to send. A: “Prior to meeting someone, it seems premature to ask very personal questions on address and employment,” says Gloria Starr, who gives image, etiquette, and communication seminars nationwide. Q: If you meet someone in person after chatting online and discover you’re not interested, do you have to tell the person or can you just disappear?ou probably know which fork to use with your salad and how to write a pretty good thank-you note, but are you up on the do’s and don’ts of online dating?Yes, there is such a thing as “proper” protocol—and knowing the rules can spell the difference between finding your soul mate and ending up wondering “What happened?We had such a good connection…” To that end, we’ve laid out some of your most pressing etiquette questions—and got the right way to handle them according to experts.Q: If someone contacts you and you’re not interested, do you owe the person a response?CBS News' Parvati Shallow and Alexander Trowbridge get sometimes conflicting advice on how to upgrade your digital dating etiquette.