but when they are looking for a long-term relationship, they often complain about the time and emotional energy online dating consumes.
“It’s nerve-wracking and it takes practice,” she explains.
“I learned fairly early on about the endless emailing, and there’s no value in it,” she recalls.
“You do need to go back and forth a few times, but really, just a few should suffice. I felt like that was enough to figure out a match’s level of inquisitiveness and get a feel for that person’s sense of humor.
Regardless of whether you prefer to exchange three or 300 emails before meeting face-to-face, Irwin suggests setting some ground rules.
“Have a sense of humor about it, but tell the person you have a policy of exchanging only so many emails, then you talk on the phone, then you set up a coffee date,” she stresses.