10 rules of dating etiquette

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“I cook a mean paella and I’ll always try to make you laugh” is good, but “I have a fantastic job and no-one can understand why I’m single” is not. You do this by being original and, above all, specific about your interests. You don’t have to reply Some rookies assume that they must answer every email, even if it’s “thanks, but no thanks”. “Thanks but no thanks” can feel more hurtful than no reply. Meet quickly, or stop emailing Don’t allow an email conversation to drag on for weeks without a date.

One of my all-time favorite Facebook stories involved a recent college graduate backtracking it to the old Alma Mater on a recruiting trip.

Follow these 10 simple rules and people across the land will say, "Hey, that [insert your name] is pretty responsible with [insert your gender-specific possessive pronoun] use of Facebook in a relationships setting."**Word to the wise, 'friending' is OK to use as verb in reference to social media, please use 'befriending' in all other verb situations.

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Likewise, starting a group about how "John Tucker must die," while possibly cathartic, smacks of sour grapes.

Starting a Facebook group called "I Hooked Up With Dane Cook And All I Got Was This Lousy Comedy CD" is, however, hilarious. This is sort of an addendum to 2 previous rules, but it bears it's own space: Don't friend an ex's new squeeze if you're not actually friends. In fact, it takes more energy to friend someone than not friend them. It's the social media equivalent of John Cusack watching through the eyes of John Malkovich's daughter as Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener kiss in the end of . Know the difference between the Timeline and a private message.

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