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DATING ETIQUETTE IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD

It is important to consider how we present ourselves online when dating.

Personal Appearance

Personal appearance includes the visible elements of how we present ourselves. This might include the clothes we wear, as well as personal hygiene such as brushing or grooming our hair and washing our face. It is respectful and important to look presentable when going on a date whether it is in-person or virtual.


When thinking about what to wear, we want to ensure we wear something that is clean, tidy and presentable. You do not have to go out and buy a new outfit or wear something fancy or special, but you do not want to seem like you just got out of bed!


When thinking about hygiene, we want to ensure we have completed basic daily tasks such as showering, brushing/combing our hair, brushing our teeth and washing our face. This can help us feel clean and refreshed as well as show potential partners that we care about our appearance. Remember: when we are clean, we feel good - and that can give us some extra confidence when meeting our date!


Virtual Environment

Our virtual environment includes everything that someone can see through our camera. This might include our location in our space, the lighting and the positioning of the camera. Try to ensure you are in a private space without distractions such as other people, TV or noise. You can use headphones or earbuds if there are others around you. Make sure the area you are in is well-lit so you can be seen clearly over video and ensure your camera is turned on. Position your device on a table or surface and sit upright on a chair or couch.


While meeting people virtually may be easier, we still want to remember that we are on a date, and that first impressions matter! Personal appearance, presentation and dating etiquette still matter in a virtual world.

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