Most of today's single professionals can still remember a time without cell phones, texts, social networking or omnipresent email. Oh, how times have changed! Nowadays, we're all hyper-connected. Always communicating. And yet, somehow, the human element of those communications can sometimes get lost.
Time and again, in surveys and in raw feedback from clients, we hear about technology getting in the way of the dating process. Causing trouble. That said, here are a few cautions in relation to technology and dating.
1) First, never ask someone out on a first or second date by email, instant messenger or text. A phone call is always a better choice. It's fine, however, to work out the details via email or text.
2) Be conscious of the fact that your date will google you. Make sure that the information available about you online is consistent with the story you're telling about yourself. Update and clean up your online image, as required.
3) Remove the pictures of you and your ex(es) from your facebook and other social networks.
4) Don't tweet or post status updates about your dates. Those updates might not be as private as you think they are.
5) Be cautious about adding your date to your social network. The first date is probably (definitely) too soon. Wait until you're sure about how you feel for this new person, and vice versa. Unfriending is awkward.