Are You A Nasty Dater? 5 Ways To Be Kinder When You Date

You’re a really good person, and you always try to do the right thing; you’re responsible, thoughtful, giving and kind, right?

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But, even though you’re well intentioned, is it possible you’ve become a nasty dater?

With the increased popularity of online dating sites and dating apps, today’s daters find themselves with unprecedented access to other singles. The saddest result of this newfound access, in what I call the “Time of Tinder”, is that people have become disposable. If you didn’t feel fireworks, why go on a second date when you’ve got 20 other people waiting in your inbox? And why take the time to actually get to know someone when you can just swipe right to find someone shinier, younger, thinner, richer or taller to date?

I call this Online Dating ADD, and it’s a real thing. Overwhelm has changed the face of dating, and while it’s easier to meet singles than ever before, dating has never been more frustrating. As a result, people aren’t treating each other well, at all. And this bad behavior has left many singles feeling hurt and hopeless.

That’s why it’s time to change the way we date.

As a dating coach, I teach my clients to be kinder, more efficient and more successful daters. I’ve found that a shift in attitude and a few small tweaks can make all the difference when it comes to finding love.

The most important change singles need to make is to commit to being KIND. Kindness matters in every aspect of our lives, but especially when dating. We need to commit to treating each other with compassion, thoughtfulness and courtesy. We don’t mean to be unkind, but it happens. And it needs to stop.

Here are 5 things you can do right now to be a kinder dater and to have more success finding love:

1. Stop Deleting Emails Instead Of Responding.

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When dating, treat others with the same respect and courtesy you’d offer a friend, neighbor or colleague. Would you delete a friend’s email without answering? Probably not! So if you’re not interested in someone who wrote to you online, simply send a short note saying something like this:

“Thank you very much for your email. Unfortunately I don’t feel we’re the right fit. I wish you the best of luck and hope you meet someone special on here!”

Write that and you may receive a response like this:

“Thanks so much for letting me know. That was very nice of you.”

I know it’s hard to find the time to respond to so many people. But if you get overwhelmed, hide your profile and go at a slower pace. Take the time to respond to everyone who sends a thoughtful email. Responding is so much kinder than deleting, so please take the time to go the extra mile.

2. Don’t Start Corresponding With Someone Online And Then Disappear.

If you engage with someone, see it through. If they’re offensive or share something that makes you feel they’re not a fit, let them know. But don’t just disappear for no reason once you’ve begun a conversation. I tell my clients, don’t be the reason people hate online dating, lol!

3. Stop Making Assumptions.

Would you want someone to stereotype you or blame you for the way others have treated them in the past? Of course not. So before you put someone in a box, ask yourself – Do I know this for a fact, or am I making an assumption?

Don’t assume he’s bitter if he’s divorced or too busy to date if he’s a dad. If you have a question, ask it. Don’t assume you know more about someone than you do. That’s not very nice, and you’ll miss a lot of opportunities if that’s your M.O.

4. Don’t Just Go Through The Motions. Be Fully Present.

Instead of going through the motions, be genuinely curious about what makes your date tick and who he or she is on a deeper level. Make him or her feel like you’re truly interested. And also share about yourself. Slow down, be truly present and stop listening with the intent to talk. That will make such a difference in the quality of your dates and your dating experiences will improve.

5. After A Date, Don’t Say You’re Open To Going Out Again If It’s Not True. And Don’t Blow People Off!

I know you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but ignoring someone is mean – no ghosting allowed! Instead of disappearing after a date, it’s better to call or send a text the next day that says something like this:

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Michelle Jacobyhttp://www.michellejacoby.com/
Michelle Jacoby is a matchmaker, dating ,relationship coach, and the owner of DC Matchmaking, a small boutique matchmaking and coaching company that’s all about helping commitment-minded singles in the DC area find love. Michelle gained national recognition when she was awarded finalist for Best Matchmaker in the US at the 2011 iDate Awards and also finalist for Best Matchmaker and Best Dating Coach at the 2015 iDate Awards. Michelle was a featured speaker at the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 National Matchmaking Conferences; the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 National iDate Conferences; and The Great Love Debate in 2014. Michelle teaches body language for dating and runs Smart Dating Boot Camps for women.
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