Read on, and we will tell you exactly how to apply the basic Rules premise to online and e-mail dating for the best possible results.
Copyright © 2002 by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider Ellen Fein is a graduate of New York University and lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children.
E-mail courtship has made dating more hazardous than ever.
With e-mail, women are tempted to let their guard down, let it all hang out, Instant Message men all night, and have cybersex (not The Rules! But we believe you cannot e-mail with abandon, without thinking, without Rules.
You must watch what you say, how often you say it, no matter what or how often he e-mails you, otherwise the relationship becomes so casual that it can go poof! What many women don't realize is that an e-mail is just like a phone call-it does count!
Women are making the same kind of mistakes online they make on the phone, mistakes that allow an e-courtship to become too easy.
Back then, there were only a handful of dating websites.
By 1999 there were more than 2,500 Internet sites devoted to matchmaking. Today, busy professional men and women think nothing of placing an ad and photo online and coming home every night to dozens of e-mails from desirable members of the opposite sex.
Women are making serious mistakes in the way they meet and talk to men online, Women need to know: And we're not just talking about women who use online dating services and chat rooms (an online forum where people can converse with each other by posting messages in real time).
Today, virtually everyone uses e-mail; it's as common as a phone call.
In the last two years, we've seen a rapid shift in our consulting business -- today about 50 to 75 percent of the calls and e-malls we get concern relationships being conducted on the Internet.