You’ve emailed back and forth via your favorite online dating site and possibly even communicated via IM, SMS, or Skype. So, when do you actually meet in person? How long to wait to meet offline? There’s definitely something different about meeting face to face in comparison to just communicating via text. There are mannerisms and many (many) other things that make meeting “offline” much different than “online”.
Pastor Jim advises whether to reply or not to reply when someone writes to you on an online dating site, and you don’t share their interest:
“My question is this…I have met people that seem to like me but the feeling isn’t mutual….we haven’t met in person or anything. Should I send an e-mail telling them that I don’t want to go further or should I just ignore them completely until they get the hint, sort of like what was done to me? I don’t know really how to react to this situation because the secular websites say to ignore them but I’m not sure if that’s the Christian thing to do. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.”
So, you’re single and wondering about online dating. Or maybe you’re already trying it out and wanting to get more out of it. Possibly you’ve tried online dating before and are debating giving it another go.
Focus on the Family’s Boundless create informative and entertaining podcasts that deal with various topics relevant to Christian singles in their 20s and 30s. One of these, of course, is relationships – which includes online dating.