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Name: Nancy
State: NY
Age: 38
Comment: While doing online dating, I’m running into the type of man who sends lots of engaging emails, but doesn’t want to meet in real life.  After email 5 or 6 I suggest we continue the conversation over coffee or drinks, but they either dissappear, or arrange a date then cancel or don’t confirm.

I’ve also had a few first dates, where the man has kept in contact after the first date via SMS or email, telling me how much he misses me etc, then arranges a second date but doesn’t confirm.  They usually come sneaking back without apology after six weeks, but by then I’ve already moved on.

Another type of man I’m encountering is the one who wants daily phonecalls and no dates.  Coincidentally, they have all been IT professionals who don’t have a rich social life, but enjoy hearing about mine.

Ignoring the men who send emails like “your hot” “wanna f**k”, I’d say a quarter of the serious emails I’m getting are from men who want to meet after swapping about 3 or 4 mails.  Three quarters are from men who appear to want a virtual girlfriend.

Funnily, when I realise that the emails and phonecalls aren’t going anywhere, I mention to them that I went out on a date with someone, then they disappear.  I know its taboo to mention other dates, but by email number ten to twelve I’ve reached a level of frustration that I no longer care.

Do you think that I’m handing things wrong, or putting them off in some way?  Or am I just too impatient with these men?

I thought that maybe my profile attracts the loner types, as I have a wide range of hobbies and some of them might pique their interests, e.g. science fiction.  I’m currently rewriting my profile to make myself sound more sociable and outgoing, and working on getting photos of myself at social events, so I’m attracting more outdoorsy men. I’m also going to scour my profile to make sure there are no nerdy references.

Can you and your readers suggest what else I may be doing wrong?

 

I’ve also had a few first dates, where the man has kept in contact after the first date via SMS or email, telling me how much he misses me etc, then arranges a second date but doesn’t confirm.  They usually come sneaking back without apology after six weeks, but by then I’ve already moved on.

I think what’s happening with you is that you’re frequently being placed on the back burner while these guys explore other options. They’re keeping their options open by continuing to engage you, but they’re out there dating other people. They don’t want totally cut you off, just in case. As I said in a recent and similar post, they’re playing their odds at your expense. Practically everybody deals with this at one time or another. (See this other new post about how to handle this particular situation.) At any given time we’re all communicating with multiple people. That’s why it’s important to get offline as soon as possible. It’s way too easy to fall between the cracks and get lost.

This is the nature of online dating and you can’t take it personally. But you can learn to spot these guys before you waste too much time.

Once more for the cheap seats……….

If they don’t confirm a date after exchanging 2 or 3 emails, take the initiative and ask them out. If they don’t commit to anything within 24 hours, move on. If he or she wants to speak on the phone once the date is set to make sure you’re not a serial killer or too boring for their oh so engaging personality, give ‘em a call if you’re really that interested. But in general this is a gross waste of time. 3 emails. Set up date. Confirm day of. Meet. No chitty chat in between. Ladies, send the thank you text after the date and say you’d like to do it again. Guys, if you’re interested, take that and run with it and set up another date. Fin. The End. That’s dating today.

Another type of man I’m encountering is the one who wants daily phonecalls and no dates.  Coincidentally, they have all been IT professionals who don’t have a rich social life, but enjoy hearing about mine.

This is another common sub-section of online dater. They’re just looking for someone to pay attention to to them or are too afraid to meet someone off line and “ruin the magic.” They like the idea of seeming perfect.This happens a lot, especially if people are using old photos of themselves and they know they no longer look like those pics. Or they’ve just been blown off so many times that they are afraid to take the risk. Whatever the reason, the most likely outcome if you did meet was that you’d be disappointed.That’s why these people need to be cut off pronto.

I do agree that your science fiction related interests or hobbies is going to draw these men to you. You don’t have to take those references out. What you can state in your profile is that you do not IM or text or email with anyone off site until a date has been set. You should also say that you prefer to exchange no more than 2 or 3 emails before meeting. Most men are thrilled by this and are happy to comply.

I said this last week. These people who need all these steps and all this time to work up the nerve to ask you out or to confirm plans are time wasters. So sorry, folks. They either are very cautious or skeptical or they are using the site for attention/entertainment purposes. Or they are horrifically social awkward and you’ll have to coddle them. You need to stop making excuses for these people. It’s not your job to help them through whatever awkward phase they might be going through, nor are you potentially losing out at The One by being quicker to dismiss bad behavior.

The only thing you’re doing wrong is engaging these guys. You need to take a hard and fast line when it comes to how much time and energy you are willing to devote to them. The longer you stay invested in these dead end situations, the more frustrated you will grow and the more people you could be meeting are meeting someone else. This is why so many people get burnt out and go on “dating detoxes.” (Which, btw, are a total sham. They’re not going on any detox. They just want you to think they are so you will, too. Misery loves company.)

Think of this approach as sort of a Cleanse. You’ll be getting rid of the toxic people more regularly to make room for the healthier ones. Over time, it gets easier and you’ll have a greater sense of control over the process.

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