Wouldn’t it be a shame if a promising relationship ended over bad texting etiquette?Dating expert and CEO of Dating with Dignity, Marni Battista, shares some basic tips for cell phone use while dating — simple, but so important!Mastering the art of the perfect text can take some time, but with practice you’ll be on your way.**Both men and women must avoid sending any texts that are longer than one-half inch in length (the length of the top of your thumb).** Don’ts: Both men and women should avoid playing “hard to get,” mostly because it won’t work if you’re interested in dating someone who is emotionally mature.Answering your phone, checking your email, taking pictures of your entree for Instagram, taking selfies and/or pics of you and him to put on Facebook on the second date and tweeting your pals about how hot he is are all a NO while on a date. These dos and don’ts for cell phone dating etiquette will more than adequately prepare you for making your dating life and mastery of cell phone etiquette both incredible.
Texting is appropriate when you’re setting the time for your plan, making the plan itself, or even confirming a date the day before.It’s old fashioned to expect a man to pay for a woman’s meal and, although he might offer, you should not assume that the man will pay.It sounds obvious but one of the biggest fears people have about first dates is that the conversation will dry up.Look, everyone knows that most people in 2013 keep their phones close.If you’re at work and don’t have time to respond right away, a polite way to let someone know is to simply let them know you’re at work and you’ll respond when you have a moment.Stand up when you greet your date, make eye contact and keep your body language open and receptive.Remember that 85% of what we communicate is non-verbal. Put it on silent or vibrate for the duration of the date and give the person in front of you your full attention.While the cell phone has become the perfect tool for some in today’s modern dating world, it’s become the worst of enemies for others.What’s a person to do without knowing the proper cell phone etiquette for dating?! Should I follow the traditional or the modern rules? The idea is to be patient and thoughtful before making a decision.